Nicky Hayden has announced that he will be leaving MotoGP paddock post this year. The American has also announced to us his plans for 2016 and his new challenge.
‘The Kentucky Kid' will be competing in 2016 WSBK championship on board Honda's CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. Nicky Hayden made this announcement prior to commencement of Japanese MotoGP round.
If Nicky Hayden wins a WSBK Championship, he will be the only rider to win both MotoGP and WSBK Championships. He won his MotoGP Championship with Repsol Honda team in spectacular fashion.
Currently Nicky Hayden is part of Aspar MotoGP team that uses Honda's open class motorcycle. We will see the American rider only four more times participating this year in MotoGP alongside Eugene Laverty.
Next year Nicky Hayden will be partnering with Michael van der Mark in WSBK 2016 Championship. They both will be riding identical Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycles.
Unfortunately he was the only American in MotoGP during the last few seasons. For 2016 MotoGP Championship there will be no American representation in the highest form of motorcycle racing.
Nicky Hayden win his sole MotoGP Championship during 2006 season. Ever since then he moved to Ducati and then back with Honda, however, his form suffered and could not manage to acquire a factory setup bike.
It will be sad to see Nicky Hayden's MotoGP career come to an end on such a low note. ‘The Kentucky Kid' will fight hard in WSBK Championship to become only rider to win both Championships.