After transitioning to World Superbikes in 2016, Nicky Hayden has become one of the men to look out for in this year’s championship. In his maiden season, Nicky was able to win a race and finish atop the podium on another four occasions as he finished his campaign as the lead Honda rider by placing fifth in the championship.
This season however he will be racing one of the highly anticipated bikes from Honda – the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. To take things to another level, Honda Motor Europe have callied upon an old ally of theirs in the venture as the new Red Bull Honda World Superbike team was unveiled at Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria.
The Austrian energy drinks giant enter the WSBK world for the first time as a title partner for a team as both Red Bull and Honda go way back in motor-racing history. The livery looks stunning and with the “Wings” provided by Red Bull, Honda will hope to give their Japanese rivals Kawasaki a run for their money in this year’s championship.
The Kentuck Kid Hayden will be joined by another fellow MotoGP alumnus Stefan Bradl. Bradl has won the Moto2 title in 2011 and raced for the ART team in MotoGP. He now gears up for his rookie season in the series as he has shown promise in the winter testing period.
“I’m really looking forward to the new season! It’s a whole new experience for me and a new championship where I’ve never raced before. It’s going to be a very interesting partnership with Honda and Red Bull, which is undoubtedly an amazing brand, and one that has been supporting me for my whole racing career,” said Bradl at the launch.
“It’s a new year with a new bike, new title partner and new team mate, so there are definitely many changes ahead and a lot of things to look forward to. This is my second year in World Superbike so I hope to take the experience I made last year and take it up to the next level,” said Nicky as he gears up for 2017.