Nicky Hayden says he is confident he will be riding to his 'full capabilities' soon as the end of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship season looms with the Australian Grand Prix.

Having made a point-scoring return to MotoGP competition aboard the Drive M7 Aspar Honda in Spain and Japan after a period on the sidelines, Hayden believes a trouble-free weekend at the challenging Motegi circuit suggests his wrist is almost back to full strength.

Furthermore, the American believes the fast and flowing nature of the Phillip Island venue will be less taxing on his injury and is thus seeking a strong result.

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"I am excited about racing at Phillip Island this weekend. I love the characteristics of the circuit and the atmosphere down in Australia. Japan was a big test for my wrist and it held up well, I was able to ride without any problems all weekend so I am sure it will be much better again in Australia.

"Gradually I am getting more and more strength back in my hand and soon I will be able to ride to my full capabilities again. This is a fast and flowing circuit so it won't be as hard on my wrist as Motegi."