Nicky Hayden hasn't given up on pulling a big result out of the bag for Ducati as the American star prepares for an 'important' phase of three MotoGP races on consecutive weekends.

First up is the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang, where Hayden has an impressive record of six fourth place finishes, including a top-four result in the wet on the Ducati last season.

Hayden has vowed to 'dig in' as the 2006 world champion aims to finish the season on a positive note.

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"It was nice to get home for a week and attend my little sister's wedding, but I'm very excited to get to Malaysia and move on from Aragon," said Hayden, who has been strongly linked with a move to Aspar Aprilia's MotoGP team next season.

"This race will kick off three important weeks for me, and I really want to dig in and try to do whatever we can to get a good result somewhere along the way.

"We know it'll be very difficult, starting in Malaysia, but it's a good track that has everything - fast corners, slow corners, long straights," added Hayden.

"We'll go there with the intention of doing better than we did in Aragon. I'm looking forward to getting back on track."