Honda WSBK Team rider Nicky Hayden is looking forward to his first home round in the Superbike World Championship's ninth round at Laguna Seca this coming weekend.
To date in his debut WSBK season the 34-year-old American is sixth in the rider standings, earning two podiums – a third in Assen and a win in Malaysia.
This will be Hayden's first race at Laguna since it was dropped from the MotoGP calendar in 2013. In the past, Hayden has won at the Monterey circuit, while racing in AMA SuperBike's in 2000 and MotoGP in 2005 and 2006.
In an interview with the Motor Cycle News website, the 2006 MotoGP champion said that despite it being a few years since he last raced at Laguna he could not wait to drop down the Corkscrew once again.
“It’s been a few years since I got the chance to ride at Laguna, so I can’t wait to drop down the Corkscrew again and ride at such a great track,” said Hayden.
“The atmosphere there has always been amazing and there’s definitely a great vibe. I’m looking forward to it; I know people are expecting a lot from me, but I have to be realistic and know what our pace has been in dry races.
"It won’t be easy to battle with the British guys, who at the moment are kind of dominating, but we’ll go there and give it our absolute best shot.
"We’ll try to have some fun and most importantly get some results that me, my fans and the team can be happy about," he added.