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.
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.
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.