In 2017 Hayden made a popular return to MotoGP as a stand-in rider for Marc VDS Honda (Aragon) and then Repsol Honda, the team with which he started his world championship career (Australia).

This year saw a much-needed new version of the Fireblade in WorldSBK, but it was far from race ready, with both Hayden and team-mate Stefan Bradl struggling to make an impression in the opening rounds.

Hayden, made an official MotoGP Legend in his final full-time Grand Prix appearance at Valencia 2015, was 13th in the World Superbike Championship and just over a month away from his 36th birthday when tragedy struck on a road in Rimini.

 

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