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Your MotoGP Rider of the Year: 9th

You vote Nicky Hayden 9th in's MotoGP Rider of the Year poll
MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
9th Nicky Hayden
Your score out of 10: 6.00 (average)

Team: Ducati Team
Bike: Desmosedici GP11/11.1 (factory)
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Poles: 0
Championship points: 132 (7.8 points per start average)
Championship position: 8th

One place behind team-mate Valentino Rossi in the 2011 world championship standings, Nicky Hayden just pipped the Italian superstar (by 0.04) to be ranked ninth in the MotoGP Rider of the Year poll.

Hayden finished seven points behind Rossi in the championship. The American was the top Ducati rider in five races, using machinery that was often one development step behind that of Rossi. A podium in the damp Jerez race was the highlight of Hayden's third season at Ducati.

But while fans voted that Hayden had done a better job than Rossi in 2011, an average mark of 6 out of 10 is unlikely to cause celebration in the Hayden house.

Hayden is the highest ranked Ducati rider in this year's poll.'s MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
9. Nicky Hayden 6.00
10. Valentino Rossi 5.96

About the vote: Over 79,000 votes were cast during this year's MotoGP poll, which asked viewers to award each of the 17 full-time riders a score out of 10.

As well as results, viewers were asked to take into account factors such as machinery specification, performance relative to team-mates, injuries, plus the ability to communicate with fans and promote the sport.

The full 17-rider rundown will be listed after the winner is announced on December 31.

Do you agree the poll results? If not, why not? Leave your comments below…

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Hemmy - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 11:15 AM

Only 7 points behind his team mate who had much more support over the whole season is good going for Hayden. it goes without saying that if he had the support that Rossi did he would have beaten his team mate quite easily. Not a great season for Hayden by any means, but he did the best he could with what he had. Rossi on the other hand had everything on a plate and still couldnt deliver.

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