Nicky Hayden made the most of his first ride on Honda's new MotoGP production racer to clock up 76 laps in Valencia as the American rider made an impressive bow on the RCV1000R.

Hayden saved his best until last, lapping in 1m 32.567s on his final lap to slot into 13th position on the time sheets ahead of Pramac Ducati's Yonny Hernandez and the NGM Forward Racing Yamahas of Coin Edwards and Aleix Espargaro.

With poor weather forecast for the final day of the test in Spain on Wednesday, Hayden didn't want to waste any time getting to grips with the Honda after Hiroshi Aoyama had tested the bike on Monday.

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The 2006 world champion declared himself 'really happy' with his first impressions of the new machine as he looks forward to a fresh challenge in the premier class next season.

"It was exciting to get to work with a new team and a new bike. This is a new project and there is a long road ahead but that's what makes it so interesting," said Hayden.

"I really enjoyed my first contact with the bike. There is a lot to learn and I need to build a relationship with the mechanics but I am really happy with today for a first shakedown.

"The team has helped me a lot and I had a lot of engineers around me all day. We can see how much work there is to do but the base is solid," he added.

"We couldn't have had better conditions to ride in today. It would have been nice to finish with some stronger lap times but overall we're happy."