Very sad to hear that MotoGP Champion, Racing Legend, friend and all around amazing human Nicky Hayden has passed away. Our thoughts are with the Hayden family and legions of friends and fans the world over.

Nicky Hayden’s took home his first victory in 1999 at the Hagerstown Half-Mile, Grand National Championship and was awarded American Flat Track Rookie of the Year. That same year, he won the AMA Supersport Championship and named the AMA’s Athlete of the Year.

Throughout 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.