Nicky Hayden is anticipating a stronger weekend for the Honda production racer during the Spanish Grand Prix, suggesting its power disadvantage won't be felt quite so notably in Jerez.

The American has been frequently vocal about his Open class Aspar M7 Drive Honda being down on power compared with its rivals, even if the team did enjoy its first class win of the season courtesy of Hayden's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama last time out in Argentina.

Returning to European soil for the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, Hayden is looking forward to getting back to familiar territory and a circuit where he feels the bike won't be so constrained by its limitations.

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"I am really looking forward to going to Jerez this week, it's an interesting track. You could say the season is more back to normal this weekend after a night race in Qatar, a very difficult weekend for us in Texas and a new track in Argentina.

"Now we go to Europe, the home of the championship, and a circuit we all know well. It's an awesome track with an unbeatable atmosphere and most riders are fast there. I always enjoying racing at Jerez.

"You can't use all of the power of a MotoGP bike in certain sections of the track but that could prove to be an advantage to us compared to the factory bikes. If we do our job right maybe we can get closer and be more competitive. Hopefully the conditions are on our side."