The Power Electronics Aspar team will field Nicky Hayden on one of Honda’s ‘production racers’ in 2014 after announcing the first part of their line-up on Thursday. The Spanish squad will switch from Aprilia to Honda’s production machine with Hayden’s teammate yet to be named, although Eugene Laverty is thought to be in the frame.
Team Manager Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ has welcomed the news and believes Hayden’s experience will prove invaluable on the new machine.
“It is great news for the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team to have the acquired services of Honda and a rider of the profile of Nicky Hayden. We are taking a huge step forward in terms of quality, prestige and image. We have grown a lot in a short space of time and we are all very excited about this new project with Honda. It is the factory that the ASPAR Team first started with back in 1992 and I have great memories of that period. Our objective is to continue being a reference point in the premier-class.”
“I think the combination of Honda’s MotoGP Production Racer and Nicky Hayden is going to be a very successful one. We are thrilled to be working with a manufacturer with the history that Honda has and a rider like Nicky, a World Champion with huge experience. It will be a big change for us after so many years working with Italian factories but we have high hopes for this new project. We are up for the challenge and we will give maximum effort to making sure the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team continues achieving top results.”
Aspar join GO&FUN Gresini and Cardion AB Motoracing on Honda’s ‘production racer’ with Scott Redding and Karel Abraham set to ride them in 2014.