Nicky Hayden has just three races remaining to turn around his 2009 MotoGP World Championship season, but he is confident Phillip Island is the perfect place to make it happen.
A big fan of the Australian circuit, Hayden arrives there languishing in a lowly 14th position overall having managed just a single podium in his maiden season aboard the Ducati.
Nonetheless, having finished on the podium in Australia last season, Hayden is feeling optimistic that he can 'dig deep' and make it happen again.
“I wish we were at Phillip Island today! It's a track and place I really like. The track is great – it's fast, flowing and a lot of fun. I hope we can get some decent weather because the place can be really challenging when it's cold - there are not so many right hand corners so it can take a few laps to heat and scuff the right side of the tyre.
"I also enjoy the flyaways at the end of the year because it's a little different atmosphere with all the teams traveling together and staying in the same hotels - you see a different side of people.
"So we've got three more races left before the end of the season and I really hope and need to make another step up toward the front. I really need to dig deep and try to make it happen.”