Hayden and Pedrosa to ride for Honda in 2006

Hayden and Pedrosa to ride for Honda in 2006

The Honda Racing Competition has confirmed today Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa as their two riders for the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) 2006 season in the factory Repsol Honda Team. Nicky Hayden. Photo by...

The Honda Racing Competition has confirmed today Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa as their two riders for the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) 2006 season in the factory Repsol Honda Team.

Nicky Hayden.
Photo by Repsol YPF Media.
Both riders will compete next year with different targets in the team as Hayden will start his fourth season in MotoGP after claiming third overall in the standings with the maiden victory he had in the Red Bull US Grand Prix held in Laguna Seca.

The American rider is looking forward to fight for the World Championship in the coming season.

"The second half of 2005 has been good for me, not just the win at the US Grand Prix, but a general consistency in qualifying and the races has appeared and I really feel like I've taken a big step forward in '05," Hayden said.

Hayden`s teammate, Pedrosa, will make his debut season in MotoGP, he has created a lot of excitement in his home country, Spain.

The 20-year-old rider enters the top rung of motorcycle racing through the big door after taking his second championship in 250cc this past season. With just five seasons in the Continental Circus, Pedrosa has claimed three titles: one in 125cc on 2002 and two in 250cc, always racing with Honda.

Pedrosa, who will replace Max Biaggi in the team, has already made his first ride on the Repsol Honda two weeks ago in the official tests of MotoGP held in Valencia.

Dani Pedrosa.
Photo by Repsol YPF Media.
"My whole career has happened so quickly and now, finally, the most important challenge is ahead," commented the Spaniard. "I'm very confident in the work HRC is doing and in the team we have in place for 2006".

Everyone in Honda looks optimistic for the future with Hayden and Pedrosa on the team. For Satoru Horiike, the HRC Managing Director, the target is clear: Take back the World Championship lost over the last two seasons in hands of Yamaha with Valentino Rossi.

"This exciting and youthful Repsol Honda team offers HRC a fantastic challenge for the years ahead. In Nicky and Dani we have two of the best riders in the world and everyone within Honda and Repsol is excited about the 2006 World Championship", Horiike expressed.

From November 28th to 30th, the team will continue testing in which Hayden and Pedrosa will be able to work on the challenge that will come next season.

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