Nicky Hayden and the 2016 World Superbike

Nicky Hayden, yes our 2006 MotoGP Champion... after 13 years in the MotoGP class made a return to World Superbike. His last 2 years (2014-2015) with Aspar MotoGP Team riding the Honda RC213V-RS marked the start of his Honda 2016 World Superbike campaign.

Like anything in life; adjustments were necessary: new circuits, new bike, new electronics, new tyres... The 2016 Honda CBR1000RR is not the fastest bike in World Superbike series but sufficient enough for Hayden to showcase his raw performance abilities.

BTW: a picture of Hayden and the Honda is here: 2016 World Superbike starts with Jonathan Rea winning Phillip Island (the second picture)

Some facts on Nicky Hayden this 2016 season (with one race still to go):

- Hayden broke into the podium after 3 rounds. It was at round 4 with well deserved 3rd place:
2016 World Superbike Assen Race 1 Results
, Assen being a circuit also shared with the MotoGP Championship.

- Hayden also won his first World Superbike race this year as well: 2016 World Superbike Sepang Race 2 Results

- No pole positions yet, but Hayden has 4 podium finishes (including his maiden win) and secured 41.67% top 5 finishes.

- Unfortunately he had 4 DNFs - 2 due to bike technical problems and 2 of his own doing - that of course play against championship points when compared to his Honda teammate Michael van der Mark. Overall if we do not consider the DNFs, Hayden shines: 2016 WorldSBK Comparison: Hayden versus Vd Mark

Overall in the 2016 World Superbike Championship, Factory Kawasaki bikes (Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes) are usually the fastest (most poles and wins) with the Ducati of Chaz Davies following closely. Still Hayden has managed to be within the top best five riders in the overall point standings:

2016 WorldSBK Championship

RiderTeamPoints
ReaKawasaki Racing Team462
SykesKawasaki Racing Team414
DaviesAruba it Racing Ducati SBK395
VD MarkHonda World Superbike255
HaydenHonda World Superbike228
GiuglianoAruba it Racing Ducati SBK197
Go to 2016 Full WorldSBK Standings

Honda and Hayden remain optimistic for 2017 with the new upcoming 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade:

Upcoming-2017-Honda-CBR1000RR-Fireblade

The new bike features: A 15kg weight reduction and 8kW top end power boost combine to give a 14% improvement in power to weight, making the 2017 Fireblade the sharpest in its 25-year history. A new electronics package includes semi-active Ohlins Electronic Control suspension, Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake and Power settings, Quickshifter and Downshift Assist.

There is still one more race to go for World Superbike: Qatar round by the end of October!

Posted on October 17, 2016

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