Nicky Hayden hailed his 13th place finish in his 200th Grand Prix race at the Circuit of the Americas as a 'small victory' on the Power Electronics Aspar Honda.

The 2006 MotoGP world champion was at a loss to explain a sudden drop in power at turn 1 as he battled to make up ground after a poor start, but Hayden eventually came through to finish inside the points and although he feels 13th place is 'not spectacular', Hayden is confident the team is moving in the right direction with the RC213V-RS.

"Compared with the rest of the weekend we have performed well in the race. I made a pretty bad start and lost acceleration in turn one, we still don't know why," he said.

"After that I pushed hard and made up quite a few positions quite quickly. I had a nice fight with a bunch of guys, which I won to take some points and that was a small victory in my 200th GP.

"We have taken a lot of information from the weekend and we know that we need to improve the response from the front under braking.

"At the end of the race we suffered a lot from tyre wear, especially on the front, and it was tough to hold my position on the last few laps," he added.

"Thirteenth place is not spectacular but I am happy because we have finished the weekend moving in the right direction and hopefully we can keep it going from here. I want to say thanks for all the support from everybody in my 200th GP."



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