"I think that I could go to Superbikes in a year or two because I know that once you leave MotoGP you don't normally come back. The thought of being on a good bike and winning is exciting but would it mean as much as winning in grand prix? I know that winning is winning but on a different level how much of a buzz do you get still get from it?"
Hayden has been linked with the privateer Honda Production racer but that is likely to be dependent on Honda America funding the ride. And with no definite word forthcoming about the deal the most concrete options for Hayden, apart from Ducati in WSBK, remain Forward Racing and Aprilia.
Hayden admitted that he visited Aprilia's Noale factory and came away impressed, while on Thursday Forward's Giovanni Cuzari confirmed that he is in discussions with Hayden and Aleix Espargaro for the team's 2014 privateer Yamaha seats:
"As everybody knows we are speaking to a few riders including Nicky Hayden
and Aleix Espargaro," said Cuzari.