First Look: Hayden’s Honda

Press Release | July 7, 2010

American Honda released the graphic design schemes for the Moto2 bike that Roger Lee Hayden will race at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at the end of August. The design is from renowed artis Aldo Drudi, the founder of the Drudi Performance. The team’s Moriwaki MD600 as well as the team gear wathe team’s Moto2 effort at the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP, August 27 to 29, have been designed by world-renown artist Aldo Drudi, founder of Drudi Performance. The team’s Moriwaki MD600, as well as the team gear, will feature special design elements created specifically for this one-time Indy U.S. GP event.The following is from American Honda…For decades, Drudi Performance has literally left its mark in motorsports. Beginning in the early 1980s, Drudi design schemes have adorned machine bodywork, leathers, racing suits and helmets in motorcycle racing as well as auto racing, including NASCAR. Commercially available Arai helmets have borne Drudi Performance graphics and the company has also designed motorcycle-riding apparel and motorcycling-related casual wear. In addition, participants in sports as diverse as bicycle racing, soccer, track & field and offshore racing have borne the handiwork of Drudi Performance. Most recently, Drudi designed the graphics for the 2010 Gresini Moto2 team.Relative to Kevin Schwantz, team manager of the American Honda Moriwaki MD600 project, ties to Aldo Drudi run strong and deep. Drudi began working with Schwantz in 1991 when he designed the starburst helmet Schwantz started wearing in 1992. Drudi has continued designing Schwantz ‘s helmets since that time. Schwantz was the first GP rider wearing a Drudi-designed helmet to win a World Championship.”To work with Kevin, who is a friend and a champion, on a project that American Honda is supporting, it was a given that I was honored to be asked to create the graphics,” said Drudi. “This assignment has been particularly special to me because for a long time I have wanted to create a theme that focused on the stars and stripes of the USA, which turns out to be the perfect match for this project. It is a very exciting opportunity and a project that will be of the highest level.”American Honda plans to have Drudi-designed commemorative shirts and hats available to the public with all proceeds to benefit the Ride for Kids. Availability details to follow at a later date.

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