Nicky Hayden's two non-scores during the 2009 season came after being taken-out by other riders, in Japan and then Misano, but his two 2010 DNFs to date (Mugello and Misano) have been within his own control.
The latest of those falls was a turn-two clash with Loris Capirossi last time out at the San Marino round - which left the Italian with a hand injury, forcing his withdraw from this weekend's Aragon event.
Hayden escaped injury on a day overshadowed by Shoya Tomizawa's death in the Moto2 race. The American will be chasing his eighth top-six finish of the year at the 'exciting' new Aragon circuit on Sunday.
“Misano was a really difficult GP for everybody, the kind of weekend we hope never to go through again, but we are racers and we have to continue doing what it is we love so the goal is to go to Aragon and try to be competitive again," said Hayden.
"It is always nice to race at a new circuit – it is exciting for the riders but also for the teams and everybody else that works in the paddock. It is a challenge to find the right setting for the bike, especially in terms of the gear ratios and suspension.
"We start from scratch, with no data to work from, but that is a challenge I always enjoy. Aragon has a lot of elevation changes and is a lot of fun to ride. My wrist is back to 100% so I can't wait to get back on the bike and get back to work with the team.”
“Aragon is a new circuit that has excited every rider to have tried it because it is spectacular, with lots of elevation changes, fast corners and a lot of good places to overtake," added Ducati team manager Vittoriano Guareschi,
"We will have four sessions so we will try to get the most out of them and find a good setting because even though the overall track time is the same this format allows us to work better on the bike. As always we will give our best to be competitive again after two tough races.”