MotoGP world champion and current World Superbike racer Nicky Hayden has tragically passed away after the American was involved in an accident with a car while cycling around the Rimini Coast last Wednesday.
Hayden was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena for further treatment. Doctors however were able to do no more for the stricken Honda rider and after six days of being in intensive care it was announced that Hayden had succumbed to his injuries. He was 35 years old.
Hayden first burst onto the world racing scene in 2003 just one year after he was crowned AMA Superbike Champion. The American went on to take two podiums in his rookie MotoGP season, announcing himself as a future championship contender.
The “Kentucky kid’s” crowning moment however came during the 2006 season when he fended off the great Valentino Rossi to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a MotoGP world champion. Hayden may have won only three races during his premier class career, however he was a huge favorite among all racing fans as he gave up any time he had off the track to sign autographs or pose for pictures.
He then went on to join the Superbike World Championship in 2016 with the Ten Kate Honda squad. Nicky took an incredible victory at the Sepang International Circuit, showing he still had to fight and will to win despite being on weak machinery. Hayden amassed four podiums during his time in the class.
Everyone at L&T Motorsport would like to pass on their condolences to the family, friends, fans and team of Nicky Hayden. Number 69 will never be forgotten and he will be truly missed by everyone.