After being informed that he wasn't in Ducati MotoGP plans for 2014, Nicky Hayden began looking at other options. These included a switch to the World Superbike Championship with Ducati, giving Hayden the opportunity to become the first person to win the WSBK and MotoGP championship. The prevailing rumor was that he was going to Aprilia to run on a CRT machine in MotoGP.
But then Aprilia's former technical director Gigi Dall'lgna announced he was defecting to rival Ducati to head up that company's faltering MotoGP program, throwing a wrench into Hayden's plans. The team Hayden had eventually signed with-the Power Electronics Aspar team – wasn't confident of Aplrilia's commitment to MotoGP, so they began to search out their options for machinery.
Lo and behold, Honda was looking for teams to run its new RCV1000R production Racer MotoGP motorcycle. With backing from several sponsors-including, interesting enough, American Honda-Hayden and Aspar announced prior to the season-ending Valancia GP that the team would be riding the new Honda machine. At the post-race test at the circuit. At the post-race test at the circuit, Hayden got his first laps on the 2014 Honda RCV1000R and was extremely happy to be back with a powerful machine like the RVC1000R.
'Anytime you have to deal fall through and you end up on a Honda, you gotta consider yourself fortunate.' Hayden joked
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