As expected after Ducati’s CEO Gabriele del Torchio’s gaffe earlier this month, Ducati has officially renewed with Nicky Hayden and interesting enough it will be a two year deal, which confirms that Ducati is finally looking for some stability in their rider line-up for the upcoming 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The deal was announced before the start of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile, while Hayden was acting as the Grand Marshall and as everyone knows he’ll be partnering his former 2003 team mate Valentino Rossi, who will be leaving Yamaha at the end of year.
The Kentucky Kid is currently sixth in the overall standings and is much more comfortable and competitive in this second year with Desmosedici and so far has taken four fourths and yesterday during the qualifying session at Indianapolis in front of his home crowd claimed his first ever front row on the Italian machine.
Ducati press release after the jump.
DUCATI ANNOUNCE A TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH NICKY HAYDENDucati is pleased to announce a renewed contract with Nicky Hayden that will see the American rider stay with the Italian factory’s MotoGP effort for a further two years.
His signature completes a new look of the Ducati MotoGP Team line-up for 2011, which will see the 29-year-old line up alongside Valentino Rossi.
Hayden, who over the past two seasons has won over the Ducatisti with his positive and determined attitude, currently lies sixth in the MotoGP World Championship standings and is confident for two successful seasons ahead, which he will tackle with his trademark enthusiasm.
Filippo Preziosi – Ducati Corse Director“We are really pleased that Nicky will be staying with us for the next two years.
It is no secret that he is a rider who never gives up, his whole racing history shows it.
As a person his tenacity is an example for us all because he shows us that nothing is impossible if you truly believe.
His progress since arriving at Ducati has been impressive and I am sure this trend will continue in the future.
Nicky is also a special rider because of his attention to every detail and for him having Valentino as his team-mate means a huge contribution towards the development of an even more competitive motorcycle.
I think it is these characteristics that have won the hearts of all the Ducatisti and that is the reason why a Ducati is the bike for him right now.
”Nicky Hayden – Ducati MotoGP Team“I am very proud to be signing for Ducati again.
Last year I felt like I rode for Ducati but now I really feel as if I am a Ducati rider.
The team, sponsors and Ducati fans have really taken me in and supported me a lot and I really hope to pay them back with the results they deserve.
Next year I’ll be teamed with some guy named Rossi who knows a little something about bikes! We’re going to have a strong squad – I won’t predict results but I have no doubt this team will have some real passion, real worth ethic and a lot of fun.
It is the start of a new era at Ducati and it is an honour for me to be a part of it.