WSBK Netherlands: Hayden hopeful of Red Bull Honda gains

Nicky Hayden hopes he can put on a positive show at the home round of his Red Bull Honda squad at Assen as he looks to exploit any opportunity this weekend.

The 2006 MotoGP world champion secured his maiden World Superbike rostrum 12 months ago at Assen, having made the switch to the production bike-based series in 2016, when he mastered the tricky wet-to-dry conditions for third place for the Ten Kate Racing Honda team.

After enduring a challenging start to 2017 with the all-new Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2, Hayden is aiming to secure results he and the team can be happy with during the early development phases with the new Honda.

“I look forward to racing at Assen. It’s a track with a lot of history and it’s the home circuit for the team so, after the difficulties we experienced in Aragón almost a month ago, we’ll try to have a bit more fun here,” Hayden said. “It’s a very fast and flowing track and a lot comes down to the last chicane, where a lot of races are decided.

“I can’t wait to get on track and see where we’re at. As usual at this time of the year, the weather plays a key role in the weekend: looking at the forecast it seems like it’ll be very variable, so we have to take advantage of every condition and be ready for anything.

“Let’s see what we can do: hopefully we’ll be able to secure some results we can be happy about.”

Hayden’s best result in the 2017 World Superbike championship remains seventh place in race two in Thailand but he has also failed to finish two of the opening six races this season.

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