Nicky Hayden says he heads to Thailand ready to learn more about World Superbikes and the Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP machine.
The 2006 MotoGP world champion will make his competitive debut at the Chang International Circuit this weekend for round two of the 2016 WSBK season after enjoying a solid opening round in Australia last month, taking ninth and fourth place finishes.
Aside from some sponsorship events and videos of the Thai track Hayden has next to no experience at the circuit and is still adapting to life on the production bike, Pirelli tyres and foreign electronics package.
Therefore, the American says he heads to round two with almost no expectations and little pressure place on his shoulders.
“I'm looking forward to the race weekend,” Hayden said. “I have been to Thailand a couple of times before due to sponsor obligations and I always had a great reception. It is clear that people here are really passionate about the sport and hungry to know more about it.
“I've had a look at the track with some videos and it looks quite nice, I will have a proper look at it on my Fireblade on Friday morning. This is going to be a good learning weekend for me as I will get a better idea of our potential, given the lack of testing before the round.”