The Motorcycle Community Mourns The Loss Of Nicky Hayden

Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden died in hospital on Monday, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was training on the Rimini coast following a motorcycle race at nearby Imola. He was 35. Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006, finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great Valentino Rossi.

The American Flat Track  community is mourning following the tragic passing of American motorcycle racing legend Nicky Hayden and sends heartfelt condolences to the Hayden family.

Nicky’s breakout year came in 1999 when he took home his first victory in the Grand National Championship at the Hagerstown Half-Mile and was bestowed American Flat Track Rookie of the Year honors. That same year, as a privateer, he won the AMA Supersport championship and was subsequently named the AMA’s Athlete of the Year.

Over the next three seasons, Nicky perfected his craft on American dirt tracks and road courses, grabbing five more GNC victories and winning the DAYTONA 200 en route to capturing the 2002 AMA Superbike championship. In 2003, after dominating the American motorcycle racing scene, Honda tapped the rising star to join the elite Repsol Honda team in MotoGP. At 22 years old, the Kentucky Kid was introduced to the world, and his warm personality, smooth style and Southern charm quickly resonated with fans across the globe.

Four short years later, Nicky’s dreams were realized when the American prodigy captured the Grand Prix World Championship in dramatic fashion, cementing his legacy as the best American motorcycle racer of his generation.

8 Responses to “The Motorcycle Community Mourns The Loss Of Nicky Hayden”

  1. 1 Vince Costa May 23rd, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Very sad news to hear this morning.
    I still remember Nicky’s dad telling me that Nicky picked the number 69 because it looked the same right side up or upside down.
    Obviously Nicky went from being a kid that explored the limits to an adult that won races and championships.
    He may have just been a kid from Kentucky, but he went on to beat the best riders the world has to offer.

  2. 2 Springer May 23rd, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I remember when Nicky Hayden won a Motogp race at Laguna Seca. On the victory lap he had his dad on the back. Nicky was the last American racer, for now in SBK or Motogp. I enjoyed your ride to in becoming an American Motogp World Champion. My condolences to the Hayden family and your fans around the world.

  3. 3 rags May 24th, 2017 at 7:40 am


  4. 4 Blast May 24th, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Loved his work ethic. God rest his soul.

  5. 5 burnout May 24th, 2017 at 9:23 am

    A GREAT rider!! RIP Nicky Hayden. Peace to his family.

  6. 6 calif phil May 24th, 2017 at 10:21 am

    RIP Nicky. The pride of Kentucky

  7. 7 Kenny Price May 24th, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Nicky was my favorite racing hero. RIP #69

  8. 8 bigalyts May 24th, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Nicky, you have inspired more young Motorcycle Riders, Racers and wannabe Champions than will ever be known. You have proven that Motorcycle Riding in your level is not Learned, it is G-d given.Your Skills were only rearranged by Honda. Honda Racing benefited by Your Expertise, Professionalism and Character even though that they believed could only be accomplished by Japanese Riders. Honda should buy you a Solid Gold Casket and the World should provide the vault in Gold and Cyril let me know where I can contribute to Vault maker? Nicky Hayden was one of the greatest Riders anytime or anywhere on 2 wheels..

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