Hayden replaces Pedrosa for Australia
18 October 2016 – Nicky Hayden will return to Repsol Honda for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, riding in place of the injured Dani Pedrosa.
Hayden competed for Honda in MotoGP between 2003 and 2008, clinching the 2006 championship, before embarking on spells with Ducati and Aspar.
Hayden switched from MotoGP to World Superbikes for 2016, though made an outing at MotorLand Aragón when he replaced Jack Miller at Marc VDS.
"For me it's crazy hard work but it's a chance, 10 years after winning my world title, to get back to my old 'dream team'," he said.
"Doing a weekend at Phillip Island on a factory Honda, it's pretty emotional for me to even think about it, and I'm very grateful for this opportunity and the trust that Honda gives me.
"Everybody worked a lot on every detail to make it possible for me so now I'm excited to get on a plane, to get down to Phillip Island and hopefully I can do a good job for the team."
Pedrosa fractured his collarbone during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
"I left the hospital and I have a check-up scheduled for Wednesday," said Pedrosa, who underwent surgery on Saturday in Barcelona.
"Only after that will I have a better idea about the recovery time and about when I'll be able to get back on my bike."