In 2009 Hayden joined Ducati alongside 2007 world champion Stoner. The first race, at night in Qatar, was postponed for 24-hours due to torrential rain and Hayden, who fell in qualifying, finished 12th. It was the start of a year of gradual improvement for Hayden who, with determination and hard graft, continued to pick up pace before reaching the podium at Indianapolis and closing the season positively.

Heading into 2010 with greater confidence on the Desmosedici, Hayden began the season respectably with a brace of fourth place finishes in four of the opening five events. Climbing onto the podium at Motorland Aragon, Hayden was a steady hand over the course of the season, lacking the outright pace of Stoner, but bringing it home enough to secure a vastly improved seventh overall.

 

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