2003 - 2008
2003 - 2008
A rider with pedigree.
From a family of road racers, he was considered as the last great talent from the American school, the school that produced great riders including Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, John Kocinski, and Kevin Schwantz.
1 World champion title
25 with the Repsol Honda Team
From a very early age
...he didn't want to be an astronaut or a president, he wanted to be a Grand Prix riderNicky Hayden
He arrived at the MotoGP World Championships straight from the Superbike AMA championships, after becoming the youngest winner at the controls of a Honda VTR 1000 SP-2. His first successes arrived in 2003 when he took the podium as a rookie and in 2005 when he won his first Grand Prix. The next season saw him become the MotoGP World Champion, giving him merits to be named a MotoGP Legend in 2015. One year before leaving the circuits of the reigning category to return to Superbikes.
When he made his debut as a rider Nicky Hayden inherited the number "69" from his dad, who used it as he often fell off his bike in competitions and this number meant that people could tell who he was both upright and upside down. This number accompanied him throughout his sporting career, and after his death it was withdrawn as a tribute during the 2019 Americas GP at the COTA in Austin.
His role in the Repsol Honda team was key not only for his victories. In 2006 he was responsible for developing the motorbike, that same year saw four consecutive podiums and he moved into the lead after the race in Turkey, winning in Holland and the US.
His death in 2017. after a cycling accident while he was out training on a road in Italy moved the whole motorcycling world.
In the Box with the team
2005 Turkish GP
Nicky Hayden, Kentucky Kid
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