“Nicky has been in the Honda family for much of his professional career, starting here in the States where he won two AMA championships before earning a spot on the Honda Repsol factory MotoGP team in 2003,” said Bob Gurga, Vice President American Honda Motorcycle Division. “He is a great ambassador for our sport, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back in the Honda family.”
His first MotoGP season (2003) saw Hayden finish fifth in the championship on the Repsol Honda RC211V and win Rookie of the Year honors. “The Kentucky Kid” continued to learn the MotoGP ropes in 2004 and 2005, and in 2006 achieved a lifelong dream of becoming the MotoGP world champion. Hayden stayed with Repsol Honda, helping the team develop the new 800cc RC212V through the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
With three MotoGP wins, 28 podium finishes and a world championship on his mantel, Hayden’s return to Honda for the 2014 MotoGP season aboard the production RCV1000R is a homecoming that Honda fans will be celebrating when Hayden rolls onto an American track on a Honda for the first time in years at the Circuit of the Americas MotoGP, April 11 – 13. It will be a homecoming you won’t want to miss.
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