The latest news to come out of Indianapolis this week should be painfully obvious for loyal MotoGP fans, but we have to cover it none-the-less. Expected to announce renewing his contract with Ducati Corse before Sunday’s race, Nicky Hayden will sure up his 2011 MotoGP placement in-front of a home crowd this weekend.
There really hasn’t been any doubt this year that Hayden would end up anywhere other than Ducati, especially the strong season the American has shown with a bevy of Top 5 finishes. As Ducati has now officially crossed-their-heart-hope-to-die signed Valentino Rossi for reals now (do you see what we did there?), it can announce its intentions with Hayden, and officially bow-out of the 2010 MotoGP Silly Season.
Hayden is just one of many riders whose fate for next year has all but been sealed with an official announcement. With Rossi going to Ducati, a backlog of movement can now go forth, most notably Ben Spies’ elevation to factory status. We have it on good authority that Spies will be making an announcement of his own about his future in MotoGP while at Indianapolis.
Meanwhile, HRC continues to look for an elegant solution the problem it’s created in signing Casey Stoner, while desiring to retain Dani Pedrosa, and locked into an agreement with Andrew Dovizioso.