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Nicky Hayden ponders MotoGP, WSBK options

"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.

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September 12, 2013 7:55 PM

I'm a big Nicky Hayden fan and like many others I too am looking forward to know where he will end up in 2014. Though he may no longer be a rider on the Desmo after this year, I can certainly say that either a Yamaha M1 or Aprilia ride will offer significant satisfaction compared to the current Desmo. I am hoping he will continue to ride in MotoGP but this time for the Noale factory. Should he decide to continue riding for a factory-backed machine, the closest he will ever get outside of WSBK is through the Aprilia factory. An upgraded chassis and pneumatic valved engine amongst other upgrades will surely improve the current ART product. A "customer-spec" Yamaha M1 will not touch a factory-backed M1 but the Aprilia machine will bring him closer to top 3-5 positions. He can still ride the heck out of any bike but I think the Aprilia package is far superior than what's currently out there.

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