- October 18, 2016
Certainly not the way he wished to return to the seat of a Repsol Honda MotoGP bike, but Nicky Hayden will take it. As a result of Dani Pedrosa’s broken collarbone sustained during practice for the Motegi round, Hayden will line up as the teammate of newly crowned MotoGP champ Marc Marquez beginning Friday in Australia.
After years in the Premier class, 2006 MotoGP World champion Hayden has switched to WSB where he also campaigns a Honda. Hayden is excited about his prospects this weekend as reflected in the following statement:
“First of all my best wishes to Dani, I’m sure he will come back stronger than ever like he always does. For me it’s crazy hard work but it’s a chance, ten years after winning my World Title, to get back to my old “dream team”! Doing a week-end in Phillip Island on a factory Honda, it’s pretty emotional for me to even think about it, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity and the trust that Honda gives me. I want also to thank my current team for allowing me to go and do this, and the sponsors. Everybody worked a lot on every detail to make it possible for me so now I’m excited to get on a plane, to get down to Phillip Island and hopefully I can do a good job for the team. Regarding Phillip Island there are two things to always consider, the weather and the tyres but it’s a track I love and I can’t wait to ride the bike there. Let’s get started on Friday morning and go forward”.
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