Drive M7 Aspar Honda's Nicky Hayden is ready to embrace the 'huge challenge' that lies ahead as the American star prepares for the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar this weekend.

Hayden is entering his 13th season in the premier class but the 'Kentucky Kid' is as excited as ever ahead of the traditional night race under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit.

"The show is about to start and we are ready for a new season. Obviously I am not a rookie any more but I still feel the same level of excitement and I have the same desire as I do every season," said Hayden.

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"We have a huge challenge on our hands so I am looking forward to getting started in the first race of the year.

"As we have seen during pre-season the level in MotoGP this year is extremely high, which I think is a good thing for the championship. I really like the Losail circuit, it is fun to ride," he added.

"It can be a little dirty at first but the grip improves as the weekend progresses and it is always fun to ride at night. The team have done a great job over the winter and we have made strong progress.

"Clearly we still need to work on some areas, especially with the electronics, but hopefully I can do a good job in Qatar to make the team and my fans proud."

Hayden is joined in the Aspar team this year by series rookie Eugene Laverty, with both riding Honda's new Open class RC213V-RS.

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I dont dislike the man just he is grossly over rated and you cannot get more robotic than someone who puts in more laps than anyone else without gaining anything due to their lack of ability to develop a bike

So the CBr has won zero world championships, must have been a broom that James Toseland was riding in 2007