Gossip: Hayden to World Superbikes

Rumours have started but the Kentucky Kid quashes them pretty fast

RUMOURS are flying around that Nicky Hayden will be racing in the Superbike World Championship next year, but the Ducati MotoGP rider has quickly stepped in to counter them.

Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP World Champion, is currently without a renewed contract for 2013and Ducati are known to be talking to Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.

Hayden has form on a superbike; winning the AMA title in 2002 on a Honda RC51.

A fiery Hayden said: "Everybody says I've spoken to Ducati about World Superbikes. It's never even been mentioned. It's a rumor people say like they know something, which makes me laugh, because it shows how much journalists really don't know."

If Crutchlow does go to Ducati MotoGP, where is Hayden likely to end up?