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Hayden confirms Aspar, upgraded Honda MotoGP plans

“I've a two-year MotoGP deal with Aspar... next year we're supposed to be getting an upgraded bike from Honda” - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden's second wrist operation is likely to spur further speculation about his future, but speaking just before heading for surgery the former world champion was adamant that he will remain in MotoGP with the Drive M7 Aspar team next season.

"Some of the press have just been starting rumours and it's gotten to be a bit comical and there's no truth with me going to World Superbikes," Hayden said at the Sachsenring.

"A few races ago I had to dispel the rumour that I was retiring [because of his wrist] and now it's the rumour about going to Superbikes, but it's never been discussed.

"I've a two-year deal with Aspar and - like I've said many times before - I like this team, we've got good sponsors and next year we're supposed to be getting an upgraded bike from Honda.

"I don't know how to say it more clearly, but this is a two-year contract and my plan is to stay here and we haven't spoken of anything different."

Next year's Open class Honda is expected to feature pneumatic valves to help address its present lack of engine performance.

Hayden, who posted the following image on Twitter this morning, has until August 8-10 to regain fitness for his second and final home US event of the year, at Indianapolis.

The Kentuckian is currently 13th in the world championship, four points behind the leading Open Honda of Scott Reddding, having missed Mugello due to the wrist problems that first emerged during round four at Jerez.

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July 23, 2014 12:41 PM
Last Edited 3 days ago

Whatever might lie ahead in Nicky's career, we should be grateful to him for what he achieved in motoGP, during all these years. We shouldn't forget that he was the first one to interrupt Rossi's, already long lasting, winning gallop. And, above all, don't ignore that he is an American ! Pay attention, especially, to the last sentence, because he might well be the last GP champ, from the land of Uncle Sam, for some years to come ! With a view to see him back soon, in the saddle, I wish him : - Good luck, Nicky son !


July 23, 2014 1:04 PM

Nick, your fans want to watch you with a chance of winning, you no longer have a chance in MotoGP. Have you thought about coming stateside with the help of you brother Tommy, your Dad, Honda and maybe even ducati and other manufactures and promote a road racing series here in the U.S. to bring up the next generation of Americans. You and many great riders had the benefit of that. What we have now is barely a shadow of what AMA racing used to be.

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