2014 hasn't been the season Nicky Hayden hoped for when he signed up for the new Open class Honda.

Firstly the former MotoGP champion found, like his fellow RCV1000R riders, that the new 'for sale' machine was not a match for the Factory class.

Then, just a few rounds into the season, a serious wrist injury flared up - requiring two operations.

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But with the wrist apparently healing, a contract for 2015 already in place and an upgraded RC213V-RS bike on the way for next season there is plenty for the American to be optimistic about.

"Every rider goes into the last race fired up and determined to finish the season with a strong result and this is a Grand Prix that always gets me excited, especially because I like the track," said Hayden, who famously beat Valentino Rossi to the 2006 title at Valencia in 2006.

"It is narrow and tight with a lot of time spent in second gear but I still love it. It's also where I became MotoGP World Champion (pictured).

"This season has been tough for us and perhaps we're not in perfect shape for this weekend, but as always the objective is to push to the limit and finish the year in a satisfactory way. I am really hungry for a strong result at Valencia."

Hayden will be joined by World Superbike star Eugene Laverty next season, meaning Valencia marks the final Aspar race for Hiroshi Aoyama. The Japanese is 13th in the world championship, one place (and 12 points) behind top Open Honda rider Scott Redding.

"It is the final race of the 2014 season this weekend at Valencia and I am very much looking forward to, it is a place that holds wonderful memories for me. I won the 250cc title at Valencia in 2009 so it is a special place for me," Aoyama said. "It is also the team's home track so my intention is to finish the season with the best possible result.

"It is my last race with the Drive M7 Aspar Team so I want to show them my appreciation for this fantastic season. We rode this bike at Valencia last year so we have some work already done in advance and we can start from a clear base in the first session. Valencia is a short and quite difficult circuit but I quite like it and we should be closer to the factory bikes here. We have had a consistent season and I want to keep it that way at Valencia."