Nicky Hayden will get a better idea of how the new Honda RC213V-RS compares to the competition during this week's Sepang MotoGP test.

Ahead of his second season at the Drive M7 Aspar team, the former world champion briefly rode the 2015 machine at last November's Valencia test.

"At Valencia we got in some decent laps to give us a little direction and data," said Hayden, speaking at Sepang on Tuesday. "But really we've got a full schedule to get through here, especially electronics. We can use some of last year's settings as a little bit of a reference but now we have different RPM, gearing... a lot of stuff. We'll be starting fresh."

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The 'RS' replaces last year's underpowered RCV1000R Production Racer. Although the RS must run the standard ECU and does not have a seamless gearbox, it is powered by last year's title-winning RC213V engine and has the benefit of the Open class tyre and race fuel concessions.

The Aspar team are clearly delighted with the new bikes, which they believe will give them 'a chance to fight'.

"In Valencia already, even on that little straight, we were 15km/h faster," Hayden said of the pneumatic-valve engine. "So that's a good step. We'll see here, with the bigger track, where we stack up and where we're at.

"We're going to need [the horsepower] because it's a really competitive field this year. There have always been good riders here in MotoGP, but as far as the bikes, everybody has got pretty good stuff this year."

Hayden's 2014 season was marred by a persistent right wrist injury, forcing two rounds of surgery and five missed races.

Hayden said of the wrist: "It's definitely a lot better than last year. Last year was not easy but I finished the year and it gave me the chance to heal a lot. I've been riding flat track and different things during the winter. I know braking with a MotoGP bike is a little different, but I know I'm a lot better than last year."

Hayden and new team-mate Eugene Laverty will take to the track alongside their 2015 rivals for the start of testing on Wednesday.


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top 10 finishes maybe on a really good day 5th or 6th ?these two guy are on the downward direction with age ,yes I know he beat Rossi with consistent finishes but but !!!!! they will truly try with better equipment .I think they will beat Aprilia and maybe Suzuki not Crutchlow maybe Bradl ,Pramac, probably not Redding, maybe Avintia, probably never factory Yamaha ,Honda ,Ducati there you go top 10 !

I'm back hard to beat Tech 3 but they can Ioda they can anyone else I left out ?