MotoGP »

Hayden excited by return to scene of title win

Nicky Hayden thinks back to his 2006 MotoGP title triumph at Valencia as he looks to end a difficult first year with Ducati on a high note
While his first season with Ducati in MotoGP hasn't entirely gone to plan, Nicky Hayden heads to the final round at Valencia in high spirits as he returns to the scene of his finest career moment.

Sealing the 2006 title for Repsol Honda with a run to third position, while Hayden has not been close to repeating that feat in recent seasons, he still considers Valencia a very special venue.

Also marking a return to the circuit where he made his Ducati debut during testing, Hayden, who is 13th in the standings, is keen to see how far he has come over the last twelve months too.

“I love Valencia and for obvious reasons it is a place that holds very special memories for me but I don't just like it because it is where I won the title in 2006 – I actually just like the circuit itself. I guess it will be my first 'Ducati anniversary' and it will be interesting to see how far we have come since that first test a year ago.

“I can't wait to get there – it is a great Grand Prix with a special, welcoming and party atmosphere. Hopefully I can have a good race and enjoy myself. If I can manage a good result there's a chance we can finish the season in the top ten, with ninth place just twelve points away. I won't be easy but we'll see what we can do.”


Tagged as: Ducati , Valencia , hayden

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Hayden, Malaysian MotoGP Race 2009
Hayden, Malaysian MotoGP Race 2009
Elias, Hayden, Malaysian MotoGP Race 2009
Hayden, Rossi, Malaysian MotoGP Race 2009
Hayden, Rossi, Malaysian MotoGP Race 2009
Hayden, Malaysian MotoGP 2009
Hayden, Malaysian MotoGP 2009
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

November 04, 2009 2:10 PM

Well said gonen6t. He's not the best out there but to say mediocre lol...then I want to be a mediocre ride too! Nicky is a nice guy and a great rider and like seeing him make progress on the Duc...so show us what you can Nicky!

gonen6t - Unregistered

November 04, 2009 1:09 PM

@@@Another mediocre race for a mediocre rider@@@ Well, if being a former WORLD CHAMPION and a returning FACTORY DUCATI pilot is your definition of Mediocre...It works for me.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.