Nicky Hayden has always played down the idea that he might try to become the first rider to win both the 500cc/MotoGP and World Superbike titles.

But after a year and a half on an Open class Honda, and with no sign that he will get more competitive MotoGP machinery in 2016, perhaps the Kentuckian is starting to feel tempted by just such a challenge.

The 2006 MotoGP champion, who joined grand prix as the reigning AMA Superbike champion in 2003, was present at the Laguna Seca World Superbike round this weekend.

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Asked by WSBK TV if there is any chance of him moving to World Superbike, 33-year-old Hayden smiled: "Why knows? I'm not sure what my plan is for next year yet. It's a possibility. I still enjoy racing a lot. I like the racing in [WSBK], but it's still early. We'll see what happens down the road."

The #69 added: "I'm not really having a great season [in MotoGP], but still a long way to go. So let's hope that after the summer break we can do some better races and have a bit more fun. The first half has been tough, but I'm healthy so let's go for it."

Hayden claimed two of his three grand prix wins at Laguna Seca, in 2005 and 2006.

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what's so bad for him being stuck in WSB if he wins a title and retires as Max and Carlos did ? not so bad for anyone eh ?

he had the chance with Ducati and I could not believe he didn't take it ? I commented about it before he took the customer barking dog Honda .I agree it was a money and what if deal that sure has NOT worked out ! now we all want him to stop wasting time and Money on a back water idea . and maybe get a fresh start on a competitive bike like Max did !

TeamGreen46: Hayden should stay in MotoGP as long as somebody will have him.

Even if he's at the back of the pack, he's getting a bigger payday than anyone in WSBK and he's in the top class. Once you're out of MotoGP you aren't coming back, just ask John Hopkins.

Next year should see the bike under Hayden become more competitive and I'm confident he can start fighting for some 7-8-9 positions. If they gave him Redding's bike he probably wouldn't do better than Redding anyway.

The only reason to go to WSBK is to win the title and claim the record of having both MotoGP and WSBK world titles. And after than then what? You're now stuck in WSBK.

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The problem with Nicky is his bike. The promised production racers would be 0,3 seconds off the pace of the factory bikes. They aren't and they will never be 0,3 seconds slower ( per corner or per straight and that seems already hard to accomplish ). I'd rather see Nicky replace Hiroshi Aodrama to develop the works bike and to substitute when Marcrash or Glassrosa are out with injuries. There's nothing wrong with Nicky's work ethic but as a former world champion he's in the wrong place.

Hasn't beaten a team mate?
Yes, that is the first rule. But when your team mate is an alien named Stoner than that doesn't say an awful lot. I think he held up quite well compared to Rossi, even though he did not fully agree the development path chosen by ducati and Rossi.
And well yeah that 800cc honda was not really made for him, but for at the time honda's great promise.