Hayden hoping to retire with Honda

Nicky Hayden has said he would like to end his career with Honda, having inked a two-year deal to represent the Honda Ten Kate team in the World Superbike Championship. 

Hayden called time on his 13-year MotoGP career after the 2015 season, and is now eyeing a successful return to the World Superbike Championship where he first appeared with American Honda in 2002 before switching to MotoGP.

“I want to finish my career at Honda," Hayden told Speedweek.“They have always been good to me. The new bike arrives in 2017, which is why I signed for two years."

The 34-year-old is the only American competing in WSBK, and he hopes that he can help increase the sport’s fan base in the United States. 

“I hope to be able to bring something to the championship. I have a lot of fans and I’m the only American. I’m a new face and I hope that give fans a reason to watch Superbike," he said.

Hayden admitted that he could have continued plying his trade in the MotoGP, but decided to make the switch as he was eager to race for a factory team. 

“These last few years I haven’t got the results I wanted,” he added. “I may have been able to continue to race in MotoGP, but not with a bike built around me. I prefer to race for a factory team.

“I’m now in a situation where it’s worth continuing. When I arrived at Valencia, I felt happy because I knew it would not be my last race.”