Hayden returned to Honda in 2014, albeit in the form of the new Open class, at Aspar team.

Bitterly disappointed with the performance of the 'for-sale' RCV1000R Production Honda, Hayden's season was rocked further by a persistent wrist injury, necessitating two surgeries and a spell on the sidelines. With the injury seemingly healed and the promise of a more competitive bike on the horizon, Hayden enjoyed a positive conclusion to the season and remained with Aspar on the upgraded RC213V-RS Open bike for 2015.

Hayden's last season in the top flight wasn't to be a final flourish and he would break the points on just five occasions as the Open Honda again struggled to develop over the course of the year. Bowing out with his worst season in MotoGP since making his debut in 2003, it wasn't due to a lack of determination.

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