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Hayden eager to lead Ducati.

With Casey Stoner sidelined, team-mate Nicky Hayden will go head-to-head with Mika Kallio for what could be a three-round 'job interview' for the second 2010 factory Ducati ride.

Third in the championship Stoner is the only Ducati rider to finish on the podium this season, and has scored 103 points more than next best Desmosedici rider Hayden (13th).

Hayden has a best race finish of fifth and currently sits 13 points clear of impressive rookie Kallio. Kallio has two eighth places to his credit for the satellite Pramac squad but has been a top six contender at several rounds and missed Laguna Seca due to a finger injury.

Ducati has indicated that it wants to keep both Hayden and Kallio for 2010, but the young Finn will surely be out to prove that he deserves the factory seat, while Hayden will be aiming to justify his position by stepping into Stoner's role as the leading Desmosedici rider.

“I can't wait to get back on track and score some results which will make my team happy,” said Nicky. “I hope Casey can get better over the next few weeks because we all know how quick he is when he is fit. In the meantime I need to try to make progress with the team and try to make sure that they don't miss him too much.”

Hayden, the 2006 world champion, missed last year's Brno race due to injuries sustained while taking part in the X Games.

“Last season I was unable to race at Brno because I was injured, but it's a great track which was completely resurfaced last year so I expect it will be much better in terms of the lumps and bumps,” said the American.

“At least this year I will find out, having spent the break at home in Kentucky preparing myself for the second half of the year, and not taking part in things like the X Games!”

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kenlucky kid - Unregistered

August 11, 2009 9:17 PM

That is the point, as you say luck does count in racing and the fact is the kenlucky has loads of it. He is also now, by default: numero uno. Kid's got luck, no doubt. And it shows, otherwise Hayden would be even lower in the points. Regarding marco. The FACT is that Ducati said it was his fault, not the bike. Then sent him to a shrink. Hayden started off the season exactly with the SAME lap time differential, in fact even worse than marco. Unfortunatly for Marco, he did not have the patience to do attrition racing. Ducati essentially tossed him aside,unlike Hayden which that have bend over backwards for the golden marketing boy. Marco just hosed Hayden in every race, even leading...

kenlucky kid - Unregistered

August 11, 2009 9:29 PM

Regardless. This should be very interesting to say the least. A rookie that has not done too hot on a sat bike, we shall see what he will do on a factory bike. I dont expect Hayden to be of ANY help. After all if Kalio beats Hayden or worse, decimates him..... I am not going to make predictions, because in one race I would not expect any huge improvement from anyone (factory bike, diff team etc). But i will sheepishly "predict" kalio to do 5th-8th position and toast Hayden, har har har...

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