• MotoGP Remembers Legend Mr. Nicky Hayden

    MotoGP Legend and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Mr. Nicky Hayden was remembered in a series of memorial events during the 2019 Grand Prix of Americas.

MotoGP Remembers Legend Mr. Nicky Hayden

April 16th, 2019

MotoGP Legend and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Mr. Nicky Hayden was remembered in a series of memorial events during the 2019 Grand Prix of the Americas.

The hugely popular American rider, who lost his life following a cycling accident in May 2017, is still remembered with great affection by fellow riders, the MotoGP paddock and fans around the world.

The events during the Circuit of the Americas weekend commenced with a media conference on Friday, attended by Mr. Hayden’s father Mr. Earl, mother Ms. Rose, brothers Mr. Tommy and Mr. Roger Lee, sisters Ms. Jenny and Ms. Kathleen, family loved ones, MotoGP management, riders, media and others. During this conference Mr. Hayden’s famed 69 race number was retired from the MotoGP category as a mark of respect to this legendary rider and gentleman of the paddock.

On Friday evening the entire MotoGP paddock was invited to attend an event on "Hayden Hill," at COTA’s Turn 18, where a huge crowd of riders, MotoGP management, team personnel and track marshals were photographed with Mr. Hayden’s Repsol Honda RC211V, the machine that he rode to the 2006 world title.

The final memorial event took place on Sunday on the MotoGP grid, just before the third round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship got underway. Mr. Hayden’s RC21V was again present, along with his family, during the grid procedure and national anthem.

Mr. Hayden came from a famous Kentucky motorcycle racing family, hence his nickname "The Kentucky Kid." He first made his name in dirt-track racing in the U.S. Once he graduated to roadracing he spent most of his career riding Honda machinery and became a much-appreciated member of the Honda racing family.

In 1999 Mr. Hayden won the AMA Supersport title on a CBR600RR. In 2002 he won the AMA Superbike title aboard an RC51 (VTR1000). The following year he switched to MotoGP with an RC211V and the Repsol Honda team. He won three MotoGP races on these incredible motorcycles and took the 2006 world title in a thrilling last-race finale. He won his last world-class race in 2016, riding a CBR1000RR in the World Superbike Championship at Sepang, Malaysia.

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