Honda World Superbike Team rider Nicky Hayden will replace Dani Pedrosa at the Repsol Honda Team for the upcoming Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Pedrosa is still recovering from surgery after breaking his collarbone during practice for the Japanese MotoGP last Friday.

Hayden, who has already completed one MotoGP race this season, took two fourth places at Jerez on the weekend and is currently fifth in the WorldSBK championship standings.

Hayden will join recently crowned world champion Marc Marquez in the Repsol Honda to assist them in the teams championship where they have a 51-point lead over Movistar Yamaha. Honda also lead the constructors’ standings, where they have a 28-point margin over Yamaha.

Hayden said,

“First of all my best wishes to Dani, I’m sure he will come back stronger than ever like he always does. For me it’s crazy hard work but it’s a chance, ten year after winning my World Title, to get back to my old “dream team”! Doing a week-end in 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. I want also to thank my current team for allowing me to go and do this, and the sponsors. 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. Regarding Phillip Island there are two things to always consider, the weather and the tyres but it’s a track I love and I can’t wait to ride the bike there. Let’s get started on Friday morning and go forward”.