MotoGP’s Nicky Hayden returns home to USA for 200th career start

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During the MotoGP’s third annual Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas this weekend, ASPAR’s Nicky Hayden will be a lone wolf.

The Kentucky native and 2006 Moto GP World Champion will be the only American in the field.

“I am looking forward to getting there and racing in my home race, in front of my fans,” Hayden said in a release.

Driving his Honda motorcycle, Hayden finished 17th in the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. Now the series comes to the United States to race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

“I love the facilities at COTA and I love the event, but to be honest the layout of the track is not one of my favorites,” Hayden said. “There are a lot of corners where you need to get the bike stopped and I prefer tracks that flow more.”

Hayden finished ninth in the inaugural running of the race in 2013 and 11th in 2014.

“We know where we’re at right now, where we need to improve, which is mainly in the electronics,” Hayden continued. “We understood more about the chassis in Qatar so hopefully this weekend we can use that knowledge to fight for a better result.”

Hayden has two chances to shine in his home country. MotoGP returns to the United States for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 9.