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Nicky Hayden

Posted by Martin C. Fox on May 23, 2017

http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/2017/Statement%20Nicky%20Hayden

Hayden was involved in a collision with a car whilst out training and was taken directly to a local hospital by ambulance. Following immediate treatment, the American was then taken to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena for further treatment and possible surgery, where he spent the night with fiancé and team members beside him.

Every effort was undergone in order to provide Hayden with the best possible care, but on Monday 22nd May it was announced he had succumbed to his injuries.

Hayden FT

In my youth, my hero, apart from my dad, was Mike The Bike Hailwood. Fourteen time TT champion. I would corner my bicycle with my knee stuck out and quickly learned to keep my inside pedal up! Mike was a Brit as was John Surtees who just passed. I saw Surtees drive the porthole Chaparral CanAm car at Mid-Ohio 3 decades before seeing Nicky Hayden win there.

Nicky hit MotoGP in his early 20s. He was a mid top ten finisher. Just 3 wins but a ton of podiums and a championship in 2006. He was shafted by Honda who made Dani Pedrosa their lead rider in 2007. A few years with Ducati, always a threat in the wet, and a few with a satellite Honda team then back with factory Honda in World Superbike.

Starting with Kenny Roberts in the 70’s US riders owned motorcycle GP racing in the 80s and 90s. Then a barely functional American Motorcycle Association roadracing program, worst than USAC, collapsed and died a long, slow death. Nicky and Colin Edwards were the last to make it to the international scene. Ben Spies, dumped by Suzuki ending up World Superbike Champ for Yamaha, had a good GP shot, won at Assen like Nicky, but retired with injuries.

It will be a while before we see the next Nicky. I miss him.

MotoGP and World Superbike…the BEST racing.

Be seeing you

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