Hayden to make MotoGP return at Aragon
19 September 2016 – Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP champion, will make a return to the category by replacing the injured Jack Miller at the Aragon Grand Prix, Marc VDS has announced.
Miller, having already skipped Austin, injured his wrist during warm-up for the Austrian Grand Prix, which ruled him out of that race and the following event in the Czech Republic.
He returned to action at Silverstone, but aggravated his injury at the Misano circuit, forcing him to miss a fourth race of the season, which will now become a fifth at MotorLand.
Hayden, who exited MotoGP for World Superbikes at the end of 2015, will step in.
"First of all, I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery," said Hayden.
"He is a buddy of mine and he is a rider I believe in a lot, so I hope he can get healthy as quickly as possible to show the high potential we all know he has got.
"This is an unusual experience for me because I've never been a stand-in rider before.
"I have a good relationship with Honda and when the idea first came up they were behind it and Ten Kate gave me their blessing, so it is nice to go and help out another Honda team.
"For me, it's just a chance to go and have fun.
"I haven't ridden the bike and there are different tyres and electronics, but I've got a lot of experience and I get another shot at MotoGP, which is great for me personally."
Hayden is fifth in the WSBK standings with three rounds to run.