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Hayden renews Repsol Honda contract

Hayden renews Repsol Honda contract

Hayden renews Repsol Honda contract

Big news from Japan, the home of Honda: World Championship leader Nicky Hayden has re-signed with the official factory team for another two years. The 25 year old American's contract renovation continues the alliance with Repsol Honda that has been in place since his rookie year in 2003.

Still in the driving seat for a first world title, 21 points ahead of nearest rival Valentino Rossi, Hayden can now fully focus on the task at hand with three races to go. The Kentucky Kid was delighted with the new deal, and made a short statement at the signing in Twin Ring Motegi.

"It's an honour to be with the HRC factory team for another two years. It doesn't get a lot better than that so I'm really excited," announced Hayden. "Everything came together and I'm pleased with the deal. I feel like I took a big step forward this year and I feel that I'm still climbing up the learning curve, which means that I wouldn't want to change anything. I want to keep learning, continue growing and keep this momentum going into next year. I'm really happy with the team around me, we're all clicking and working well together."

The current series leader also expressed the loyalty he feels for the Japanese factory; "I've been a Honda guy for quite a few years and they're the ones who brought me to MotoGP….and now I just want to repay them with the championship."

Also pleased with the agreement was Tsutomu Ishii, General Manager of HRC. "Nicky has been excellent for us for four seasons and has continually evolved and improved. His results this year have been excellent and he has led the championship for much of the season," said Ishii, who also stressed the importance of the Hayden-Pedrosa partnership for the team's stability.

"The feeling within the team is very strong at the moment and this season Nicky and Dani Pedrosa have established a positive relationship. As MotoGP enters the 800cc era it is important that Repsol Honda enjoy this stability with our rider partnership, sponsors and partners."

Video footage from the event accompanies this news story.

MotoGP, 2006, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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