Hayden leaves MotoGP to join WSBK

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2006 world champion Nicky Hayden will leave MotoGP and race in the World Superbike Championship for Ten Kate Honda.

The 34-year-old American will be replacing Sylvain Guintoli and joining Michael van der Mark in Honda's WSBK team after spending 13 years in MotoGP.

Hayden has spent the past two seasons on Aspar's Open class Hondas but has not had any top-10 finishes so far.

In a chat with Auto Sport, Hayden confirms his move saying he has struggled for the past tow MotoGP seasons.

"These last two years haven't been so good," said Hayden.

"I haven't been able to get the results on the Open Honda, and I always thought SBK might be something to try.

"I'm getting a little older but I still enjoy the sport, and this will be a new challenge," he added.