Nicky Hayden © Gallo Images
Nicky Hayden is looking to put his poor start to the 2017 season behind him with a strong showing at Assen this weekend.
It is the home round of his Red Bull Honda squad and even more encouraging for Hayden is the fact that he managed to finish third on the same course in 2016 riding for Ten Kate Racing Honda.
Hayden has failed to finish two of the opening six races in this season's World Superbike championship and he is aiming to secure a more positive result in Assen.
“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.”