Red Bull Honda Team riders Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl are keen on reuniting with their team as they head into this weekend’s round three of the Superbike World Championship at Spain's MotorLand Aragon.
Both Hayden from the US and Germany’s Bradl will feel at home on the spectacular 5.077km (3.15 mile) Motorland Aragon racetrack having both raced there before on a circuit that is regarded as a favourite amongst most riders.
Following this weekend's racing, there will be a one-day official test at the same venue on Monday.
In the opening two events of the season, Hayden managed 11th and did not finish Race Two while Bradl got two 15th positions in Australia. Then in Thailand, Hayden improved with a ninth and seventh finish with Bradl claiming a 10th but failed to complete Race Two.
In an interview carried by the Honda Racing website, Hayden said he liked the Aragon track as it was a mix of everything but was very technical.
"We're back to Europe now and it’s time to race at Aragon, which is a great track: it’s a mix of everything, but probably the most technical challenge is represented by the blind entry of some corners and especially the ‘Corkscrew’, for which it is crucial to get the braking markers right," said Hayden.
"For the rest, I’d say it’s a circuit where tyre wear is a bit more critical in comparison to other venues. It obviously hasn’t been the best start of the season for us and the bike have arrived at Aragon straight from Thailand, so the team did not have a real chance to work on it during the break.
"We don’t expect an easy weekend but we’ll do our best to take advantage of the strengths of the bike and work hard together, trying to improve our performance from the first two rounds."
Bradl echoed his teammate’s thoughts saying he really liked the track a lot as it suited their bikes well adding they were keen on improving their results.
"The Aragon round is a very important one for me, because it’s the first European event of the season and I am looking forward to racing on a track that I really like a lot," said Bradl. "I think we can improve on the results of the first two rounds because I think it’s a circuit that better suits the package we have at the moment.
"I really hope we can make a step forward and get closer to the front of the field, in order to challenge for some good results there.
"The Monday test makes this event even more important for us, in order to keep moving in the right direction for the central part of the season.
In the Superbike rider standings, Hayden is in 10th spot with 21 points while Bradl is 17th on eight points both well behind leader Jonathan Rea with 100 points.