Ducati is making moves for the 2014 and 2015 season by signing Cal Crutchlow as a replacement for Nicky Hayden. Cal will join his former teammate, Andrea Dovizioso,

The tea released a brief statement:

“Ducati would like to thank Nicky for his contributions during that time, and everyone on the team and at Ducati Corse looks forward to giving him and Andrea their full support over the second half of the 2013 season,” the team said.

Crutchlow is currently 5th in the championship on a Yamaha.

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I adore Hayden and don’t want to see him leave MotoGP, but it’s not like his career was going anywhere at Ducati. I kind of want him to go to WSBK and start winning again, even though I have a horrible tendency to forget to watch WSBK. If not that, maybe he can be a good development rider on a non-MSMA bike (or whatever the kids are calling CRTs these days). Not that it really worked out for Colin Edwards, but hey, a girl can dream. (Even better if Hayden and Edwards end up on a team together. Team Southern… Read more »