American Honda has announced that road racer Nicky Hayden will ride Honda's CRF450R in this weekend's Drag Specialties National Dirt Track Series at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California.

Hayden, who is coming off of a four race winning streak in the AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Series, will ride a White Brothers/Gary Jones-prepped Honda CRF450R during the Saturday, October 6 short track practice session of the Pro Single National Championship Series. If the practice session proves successful, the Owensboro, Kentucky, native will race the Honda four-stroke motocrosser in the evening's short track main event, according to Honda.

"I rode the bike yesterday and it felt great," said Hayden in a Honda press release. "I plan to race the CRF in the short track Saturday. I'll also race the mile Sunday. I don't really have any expectations at this point, I will put my head down and do my best in both events."

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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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