“First of all my best wishes to Dani, I’m sure he will come back stronger than ever like he always does," said Hayden after getting the call. The Kentucky Kid got the opportunity for another substitute ride earlier this year when he replaced the injured Jack Miller at Aragon, but getting to ride on the factory Repsol Honda team is a completely different story. It marks an poignant return to the team that he began his long MotoGP career with, and even though most of the team members he knew have since moved on, it still carries significant emotions for him. "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 weekend 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."