As the United States' sole World Superbike representative at Miller Motorsports Park this season, Roger Lee Hayden is hoping his experience of the circuit will help him forge his way into the mid-field for the first time.
The Kentucky racer has endured a steep learning curve aboard the privateer Pedercini Kawasaki as he gets to grips with the rigours of World Superbikes around circuits unfamiliar to him.
However, learning another new layout won't be an issue for Hayden this weekend as he returns to Miller Motorsports Park, an annual stop during his AMA days.
Striving to hit the ground running on a circuit that has suited his ZX-10R in the past, Hayden is eager to put on a good show for the American fans.
"I'm looking forward to racing at my home circuit and I'm really happy to be here in Miller this weekend. It makes a big change to be heading towards a race with track knowledge, this will be the first time this year I've gone to a track I've raced at before.
“We have to work well to get a good race set-up because I know this track is different from all the others on the calendar. Of course I want to do well in front of my home crowd. A lot of friends will be coming along to see me race so I hope to be able to have two great races.”
Hayden's cause will be aided by the slim 21-strong field, which will ensure that only one rider will be forced to miss Superpole come Sunday.