MotoGP Honda rider Nicky Hayden can wait to race on his home track in America at Indianapolis on Sunday
After missing the event in 2014 due to a wrist injury, Hayden told crash.net that he feels extra-motivated to do well on his home circuit.
"I am excited to race at Indianapolis, my true home Grand Prix, which is really close to where I live.
"Unfortunately I had to miss it last year and it was tough to be there watching without being able to take part," said Hayden.
"It also means I haven't had chance to evaluate the changes to the track myself yet, although the feedback from the other riders was generally positive, so I'm looking forward to riding.
"We will be competing alongside the MotoAmerica boys, who will be riding from Thursday so there should be some rubber laid down for when we go out on Friday, which is good," Hayden added.
"It is no secret that the first half of the season has not gone as well as we'd hoped. I have had chance to rest up a little over the last three weeks and also get some training done.
"I am sure we will return at a higher level for the second half of the season," he added.