2006 MotoGP World Champion Hayden was the first to address the world's media with the announcement that he would be leaving MotoGP to join the Ten Kate Honda team in WorldSBK for 2016. Said Hayden, "Well this will be my last year in MotoGP as I'll be moving to World Superbike next year with Honda and the Ten Kate team. It's about all there is to it, not a lot more, nothing too dramatic! These last two years have been not so good and I wasn't in a position to get the result to keep a high level bike in MotoGP. I've always thought SBK might be something I want to try, liked the racing there, the opportunity felt like a good fit. I'm getting a bit older but I still enjoy the sport and the game. It'll be a fresh challenge and a new opportunity to go there and have some more fun. Of course I'll miss MotoGP and I've had a great opportunity here and been part of some great teams and worked with some great people but nothing lasts forever and we got to keep moving, go to SBK with Honda and hopefully have some fun."