2008 was another year of mixed fortunes for Hayden, especially at the start of the season when, despite several top five finishes, he failed to reach the podium. An injury to his foot, caused while he participated in a Supermoto race at the X-Games in Los Angeles, complicated things and forced him to miss the Czech Republic and San Marino GP races after the summer break.

However, always ready to fight harder when the going gets tough, the American rider was back on form at the second of his home rounds, at Indianapolis, where in hurricane conditions and less than perfect health, he finished second behind Valentino Rossi.

Another podium at Phillip Island and a series of strong results towards the end of the season allowed him to climb the leaderboard to finish his final year with Honda in sixth position.

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