With plenty of hard acceleration, not to mention the longest (1.2km) straight on the MotoGP calendar, Austin could prove a punishing event for the underpowered Production Honda riders - including home star Nicky Hayden.

Engine performance is the main concern for the new RCV1000R Open class competitors.

While acceleration is harder to quantify from the outside, the customer Hondas recorded a top speed deficit of 15-20km/h to the fastest Factory bikes during round one in Qatar.

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On the plus side, Hayden is happy with the handling and aiming to make up as much time as possible in the more flowing COTA sections.

"A home grand prix is always something very special and I really look forward to getting there, seeing all the fans that support me so much and getting back on track," said Hayden, pipped to seventh place and top RCV1000R by rookie Scott Redding at Losail.

"Austin is really a great track, it is a very state of the art facility - safe, long, and wide but honestly last year there I didn't get on with it great and was never able to be fast, especially in the first half of the track.

"That's got to change this year and even though I know the acceleration off those slow corners won't be kind to us, all the changes of direction should suit me and this bike well. So let's hope we can get a result to make the home crowd proud!"

Hayden finished ninth as a Factory Ducati rider during the inaugural 2013 Austin round.