2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden is looking forward to the inaugural event at the new Termas de Rio Hondo circuit as MotoGP returns to Argentina for the first time since 1999, as he has a good record racing at tracks for the first time.
On the first visit to Laguna Seca in 2005 he secured a maiden victory from his first ever pole position, which was in part down to having raced there before from his days in AMA but he followed that up by claiming podiums at Istanbul Park also in 2005, Indianapolis in 2008 and Aragon in 2010 so maintains hope of similarly impressive performances in Argentina:
It should be fun. I’m really looking forward to it and then getting back in doing a couple of races in Europe on little bit smaller tracks.
The Drive M7 Aspar rider has had a disappointing return to Honda this year as the production racer has failed to live up to expectations, and the American admits that he isn’t sure if and when any upgrades will be provided. However this hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for experiencing new tracks and he has a good record to remain relatively confident, saying:
In the past new tracks have always been good for me. Going to the same tracks every year is cool, but I always look forward to the challenge of a new track and trying to get up to speed as quick as possible.