Round two of the 2014 MotoGP season will take place on home soil for American riders Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards this weekend in Austin.
The Grand Prix of the Americas will be the first of two visits to the United States for the MotoGP series this season, the second being in August at Indianapolis.
Nicky Hayden rode his DRIVE M7 Aspar Honda home to a solid eighth place finish at Qatar in the opening round of the season, and is looking forward to this weekend’s upcoming Grand Prix.
“A home Grand Prix is always something very special and I really look forward to getting there, seeing all the fans that support me so much and getting back on track,” says Hayden.
“Austin is really a great track, it is a very state of the art facility – safe, long, and wide. But honestly, last year there I didn’t get on with it great and was never able to be fast, especially in the first half of the track.
“That’s got to change this year and even though I know the acceleration off those slow corners won’t be kind to us, all the changes of direction should suit me and this bike well. So let’s hope we can get a result to make the home crowd proud!”
40-year old Texas native Colin Edwards also scored a solid points result at Qatar with a ninth place finish on his NGM Forward Racing Yamaha.
In an interview with MotoGP.com, Edwards described his feelings during his first visit to the Circuit of the Americas.
“It was awesome. I think it’s the first track I’ve driven to in, I don’t know, 25 years… since I started racing.
“The only thing I can compare it to was when we went to Shanghai, China, and raced in there in 2007 or 2006. You drove up, and it was phenomenal how big the facility was. And I think that was my first real taste of seeing what can be built for a race track.
“And here was the exactly same way. This is in my backyard. So it’s a pleasure to come here and race because they’ve done a fantastic job of building this facility.”
Colin Edwards will be looking to improve on his performance at COTA however, as he failed to finish at this race last season.
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