"The Honda production bike is something I have been discussing," said 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden yesterday at Indianapolis.
Hayden generally discussed his 2014 options but would not go into great detail on any of the offers. Refusing to be drawn out, Hayden said that he had offers to go World Superbike and Grand Prix. "There's some options in this paddock and some in World Superbike," he said.
Hayden said he would not be surprised if his 2014 deal isn't solidified in the next three or four weeks.
There are options on a Forward-based Yamaha powered bike, certainly with Aprilia and other teams but Hayden said for him the thing that bothered him is that "We don't know how competitive those bikes are going to be."
Hayden said that his goal, not too surprisingly, is "... to get on the best bike possible, the best package."
Nicky Hayden remains a revered figure at American Honda and for Honda fans worldwide. At Honda he sells bikes--even today Hayden replica CBR1000RR street bikes command top dollar on the used market. The American's seasons at Repsol Honda resulted in a world title in 2006 but were tumultuous with Hayden truly being an outsider on the team, even when he was the reigning world champion.
Since then the Repsol Honda MotoGP team has undergone some massive changes, and although Alberto Puig remains a force there, ex-Ducati marketing man and known Hayden supporter Livio Suppo now runs the team.
With Stoner helping to develop the customer RC213 and with Suppo possibly in his corner, for Nick Hayden the "best bike possible, the best package" might be the Honda.