Is Nicky Hayden's Latest 1199 Panigale R Test a WSBK Confirmation? [Photo Gallery]
In fact Hayden made it rather clear that he's looking forward to stay in MotoGP. Currently 9th in the world standings, it looks like the Kentucky Kid still has what it takes to make serious claims for top placements... but not aboard a Ducati.
Last week Hayden was in Italy at Mugello, and put in some 30 laps aboard the WSBK-spec 1199 Panigale R. No figures on lap times and no photos were released by Ducati, with "interesting" being one of the very few words the Borgo Panigale crew used.
Ducati is not faring exactly great in th World Superbike series, either, with Badovini and Checa in the 12th and 14th positions, respectively, worse than their MotoGP riders are, with Dovizioso one position ahead of Hayden.
There still are moves to be made in MotoGP and with the new production racers from Honda and Yamaha's M1 engines leased, we might have Hayden around for the next season.
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