Nicky Hayden is hoping the nature of the Buriram circuit will help his Red Bull Honda team kick start their 2017 Superbike World Championship effort this weekend after a slow start to the year in Australia.
The former MotoGP champion walked away from Phillip Island with just five points after an 11th place and DNF, marking a disappointing start to the season for the all-new 2017 Fireblade.
While the bikes went straight from Australia to Thailand, the team will take delivery of a number of new parts at this event as they continue to develop the new machine.
“Last year it was my first time racing here and I really enjoyed it: it’s nice to be in a country with so many motorcycles and scooters everywhere,” Hayden said.
“It’s a good track and one with a great crowd that’s hungry for motorcycle racing and the sport; it’s also clear that the level of the local riders is improving year after year. All of this makes for a great event, so obviously after a slow start to the season like the one we had in Phillip Island our goal is to be more competitive there, the track should suit the bike better so we’ll see what happens!”
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