Ronald ten Kate has spoken of his delight at securing the services of Nicky Hayden for the 2016 World Superbike Championship following the confirmation he will be bringing his long tenure in MotoGP to an end in favour of a move to Superbikes.

MotoGP World Champion in 2006, Hayden has forged much of his long career on Honda machinery and will duly be sticking with the manufacturer when he joins the World Superbike ranks alongside the already-contracted Michael van der Mark.

Another race winning MotoGP rider to swap to the production-based series, Hayden's arrival will see him attempt to return Honda back to success as the manufacturer faces its first WSBK season without a win to its name.

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Indeed, for ten Kate - who played down earlier rumours his Ten Kate Racing outfit was considering deviating from Honda machinery -, he is confident the sheer experience of Hayden will help it forge ahead in development of the CBR1000RR.

"It's well known that, at Ten Kate, we always have been and always will be Honda. There is only be one person in the world who could possibly be more Honda than us, and that's Nicky Hayden! That's why I'm absolutely delighted that he'll be joining us for next season. He was AMA Superbike champion with Honda and we're really looking forward to bringing him back to his superbike roots.

"By working together and using all our combined resources, I hope that in the future we can make him the first world champion in MotoGP and World Superbike. We are also looking forward to combining Nicky's experience with young Michael, who has shown really good pace and huge potential on the CBR in his first season. I think you can safely say that I'm more than happy with the line-up we have for 2016!"

With Hayden replacing 2014 WSBK champion Sylvain Guintoli - who has jumped to Yamaha after just one season together -, Honda WSBK manager Marco Chini is delighted to be welcoming the American.

"We are of course delighted to announce that Nicky Hayden will be Michael's team-mate on Honda's CBR Fireblade machine in the 2016 World Superbike championship. The team has worked really hard this season, continuing the development of the bike together with Cosworth's electronics and we are really happy that this endeavour has translated into strong performances from both riders, particularly in the last few races.

"These results have demonstrated the great potential that remains in the CBR and I'm happy that they may have influenced Nicky's decision to join our programme. We are confident that the wide experience he has gained at the highest level of our sport can help the squad to continue the development, the momentum and the team-work that has been established this season and translate that into further positive results.


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Rider Driver I totaly agree Buuuuuut Broke Laguna Seca have no Money what a shame we could have two winning Americans if they had the money to bring World Supersport .it's always the same problem SCRAMP are a bunch of Volunteers who have no money and cannot upgrade the track to bring anything but either AMA or Moto America along with either in the Past MotoGP only and WSBK only .I think it will go to COTA 2017 they have everything to bring the whole show ! too bad Laguna Seca is such a joy ,but it's finished as a World Championship Venue ! so hopefully we'll see it all in 2017