Aspar Continues Honda Pursuit. Hayden Quiet. by staff
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Italian media reported Monday that Aspar boss Jorge "Aspar" Martinez had extensive negotiations with HRC about securing a "customer" Honda for his team next season. Martinez may abandon his plans to field what amounts to a customer version of an Aprilia next season due to the defection of Aprilia Racing boss Gigi Dall'Igna to Ducati. Landing a Honda probably also will secure Nicky Hayden as a rider for Aspar, as Honda is eager for 2006 World Champ Hayden to return after five seasons with Ducati.
It's known that Red Bull and other sponsors are willing to fund the Aspar/Hayden Honda and some have indicated that the group is waiting for Dorna to show their support as well.