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Repsol Honda confirms 2006 line-up

Repsol Honda confirms 2006 line-up

Repsol Honda confirms 2006 line-up

It has been confirmed today that Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa would spearhead the HRC MotoGP effort under the Repsol Honda banner in 2006.

Hayden, who took his maiden win last season at his home Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, is set for his fourth year with the official Honda team and after taking third overall in the 2005 Championship, he's looking forward to mount a serious title challenge next year.

"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," said Hayden.

The Kentucky Kid will team-up with Spanish sensation Dani Pedrosa, who will make his debut in the premier class after taking three consecutive titles, one in 125cc, two in 250cc.

"My whole career has happened so quickly and now, finally, the most important challenge is ahead," said the 20 year-old Spaniard. "I'm very confident in the work HRC is doing and in the team we have in place for 2006."

HRC Managing Director Satoru Horiike commented: "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."

Mr Jaume Giro, Repsol YPF Executive Director for Communication, said: "This will be the 12th year of the Repsol Honda team and, after a period of transition in both companies, it is great news that we are heading into a new generation with an exciting pairing of Nicky and Dani."

MotoGP, 2005, Repsol Honda Team

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