Hayden to leave Ducati at end of season
18 July 2013 – Former World Champion Nicky Hayden has announced that he will be leaving Ducati at the end of the 2013 MotoGP season, with the outfit opting not to extend his contract.
The American, who claimed title honours with Repsol Honda back in 2006, has raced for Ducati since 2009. But although points have been achieved on a near-constant basis, the partnership has yielded just three podium finishes in almost five years.
"I’m not coming back to Ducati in MotoGP next year," Hayden, 31, told the gathered media during Thursday's pre-race press conference at the Laguna Seca circuit. "I’m not really sure what I’m going to do. I’ve got some options that are interesting."
He added: "MotoGP is where my heart is, but I’ve got to weigh up the options. Unfortunately results haven’t gone as planned over the years, but it is what it is."
Andrea Dovizioso, who switched to Ducati from Repsol Honda at the end of last year, will remain with the outfit in 2014, but the Italian's team-mate is yet to be confirmed.