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Nicky Hayden

1981-07-30 - 2017-05-22 (age 35)

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Nicky Hayden: Remembering motorsport's much-loved "one-off"

On the anniversary of his untimely death in 2017, Motorsport.com sat down with two former teammates - Dani Pedrosa and Michael van der Mark - to remember 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden and the qualities which made him a motorsport hero

MotoGP retires Hayden’s famous #69 in Austin ceremony

The number 69 made famous by 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has been retired by series organisers Dorna and governing body the FIM in a ceremony at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin.

MotoGP to retire Hayden's number

MotoGP will officially retire Nicky Hayden's #69 from competition use as a tribute to the late 2006 world champion.

Driver in lethal Hayden accident gets suspended sentence

The driver who hit and killed MotoGP and World Superbike star Nicky Hayden has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for his role in the fatal accident in 2017.

Dovizioso's title bid reminiscent of Hayden's - Marquez

Andrea Dovizioso's current MotoGP title challenge is reminiscent of the late Nicky Hayden's championship-winning 2006 campaign, reckons Marc Marquez.

Nicky Hayden's funeral to be held on Monday

Nicky Hayden's funeral will be held on Monday, the family of the 2006 MotoGP champion have announced.

NASCAR drivers lead bike ride to honor Nicky Hayden

Over 60 people, including several Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, took part on Friday morning in a 69-mile bike ride outside of Charlotte, N.C., to honor former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden.

Honda enters sole bike for Donington after Hayden's passing

The Honda World Superbike team has confirmed it will enter a sole bike in this weekend's Donington Park round for Stefan Bradl following the passing of Nicky Hayden.

Laguna Seca 2005: The day Nicky Hayden was “unbeatable”

Following the tragic news of Nicky Hayden's passing, Jamie Klein reflects on the fallen champion's first and arguably greatest MotoGP win, which came on the series' return to Laguna Seca in 2005.

Nicky Hayden: An outstanding career in pictures

Motorsport.com looks back on the career of 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden following the tragic news of the popular American racer's passing on Monday after a cycling accident.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway pays tribute to Hayden

IMS staff have paid tribute to 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, recalling “one of the most popular, talented and respected racers to compete at the Racing Capital of the World in the last decade.”

Obituary: Nicky Hayden, 1981-2017

Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP champion, has tragically died at the age of 35.

Hayden succumbs to injuries after cycling accident

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has passed away as a result of a cycling accident in Italy.

Hayden’s clinical picture unchanged, remains “very critical”

World Superbike Championship rider and 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden remains in a “very critical” and unchanged condition in hospital in Italy, following his cycling accident on Wednesday.

Hayden still in extremely serious condition

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden's condition remained unchanged overnight, with doctors saying he is still in an 'extremely serious' condition following his cycle accident.

Hayden suffered severe brain damage in road accident

Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden has suffered severe brain damage as a result of his bicycle accident, a medical statement issued on Thursday confirmed.

Hayden says "no positives" for Honda on Fireblade debut

Honda's Nicky Hayden has expressed his disappointment after a "tougher than expected" 2017 World Superbike season opener at Phillip Island, saying there were "no positives" for the team to draw.

Season preview: Why WSBK will be worth watching in 2017

The 2017 World Superbike season kicks off at Phillip Island this weekend, and all the changes from 2016 suggest the new campaign will be better than in recent years. David Gruz explains why.

Hayden wants to see "new faces" fighting for WSBK wins

Honda World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden hopes the arrival of new riders and more manufacturers upping their game will give the series more variety in 2017.

Hayden "doesn't love" new WSBK reverse grid rules

Honda World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden "doesn't love" the new grid system the series will introduce this year, but "understands the reasons" behind it.

Honda reveals Red Bull backing for all-new 2017 Fireblade

The Honda Ten Kate World Superbike squad has officially launched its new Fireblade machine, which sports Red Bull backing for the new season.

Hayden endures "frustrating" second test on new Fireblade

Nicky Hayden has described his second test outing on the all-new Honda Fireblade as "pretty frustrating" after a number of teething issues compromised his running last weekend at Portimao.

Hayden says new Fireblade's test pace not representative

Nicky Hayden says Honda has made good progress with its all-new Fireblade during this week's Jerez World Superbike test, but admitted his best time was not a fair representation of the bike's pace.

Australian MotoGP: Motorsport.com's rider ratings

It may not quite have been last year's thriller, but Phillip Island still threw up another eventful MotoGP race on Sunday - with a winner few would have expected. Jamie Klein assesses the field.

Hayden won’t ‘give Miller a kiss’ after Phillip Island clash

Nicky Hayden admits he has no interest in giving Jack Miller a smooch following their run-in in the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix, despite Miller apologising after the race.

Hayden "couldn’t say no" to Repsol Honda return chance

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has revealed he “couldn’t say no” to the offer of replacing the injured Dani Pedrosa for this weekend’s Phillip Island race.

Miller “didn’t think” about works Honda call-up

Jack Miller says he never really considered stepping onto the works Repsol Honda bike as a replacement for Dani Pedrosa at his home Grand Prix in Australia this weekend.

Hayden replaces Pedrosa at Phillip Island

Nicky Hayden will replace Dani Pedrosa in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, returning to the Repsol Honda team with which he won the MotoGP title in 2006.

Magny-Cours WSBK: Rea masters the wet to grab pole

Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea took his first pole position of the 2016 season after dominating a wet qualifying session at Magny-Cours.

Hayden admits: "I underestimated how hard it would be"

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden admits he underestimated the scale of the challenge during his one-off return in last weekend's Aragon race, when he stood in for an injured Jack Miller.

Marquez explains controversial yellow flag crash

MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez has moved to clarify the events of his crash with Pol Espargaro under yellow flags in FP3 at Motorland Aragon.

Hayden insists MotoGP one-off is no "comeback"

Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP champion, insists that his return outing with Marc VDS Honda at Motorland Aragon is not a full-on "comeback".

Nicky Hayden MotoGP return confirmed

Former MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden will replace Jack Miller at Marc VDS for the Grand Prix of Aragon, it has been confirmed.

WorldSBK is back on track at Lausitzring

The wait is over! WorldSBK is ready to rumble as the last four Rounds of the season get underway

Honda confirms Bradl's switch to WSBK

Honda Ten Kate has confirmed Aprilia MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl will join Nicky Hayden in its World Superbike line-up in 2017.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Espargaro and Yamaha secure consecutive wins

Yamaha clinched its sixth victory as a manufacturer at the Suzuka 8 Hours, with the #21 crew of Pol Espargaro, Alex Lowes and Katsuaki Nakasuga taking the top honours on Sunday.

Hayden and Espargaro headline Suzuka 8 Hours entry

The annual Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race takes place this Sunday, with 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and Tech 3 Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro headlining the entry for the prestigious event.

Hayden hails "truly amazing" first win in a decade

Nicky Hayden has described his first race victory in 10 years in the wet conditions of Sepang's second World Superbike race as "truly amazing".

Sepang WSBK: Hayden takes first win since 2006 in wet Race 2

Former MotoGP star Nicky Hayden mastered the wet conditions at Sepang, leading the majority of the Sunday race to take his first victory in World Superbikes.

Hayden revels in first podium finish since 2011

Nicky Hayden was satisfied to secure his maiden World Superbike podium in the first race at Assen, his first top-three finish for five years.

Hayden: "Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong"

Nicky Hayden suffered the second retirement of his maiden World Superbike season in Race 2 at Aragon, suffering from brake issues throughout the whole race.

WorldSBK: The Men Who Would Be King

The next race weekend is the Pirelli Aragón Round, with the old Kingdom of Aragón having staged the Ducati 1199 Panigale R’s first win

Hayden "learned a lot" on tough Buriram weekend

Nicky Hayden says he "learned a lot" as his steep World Superbike learning curve continued at the second round of the series in Thailand.

Hayden "disappointed" to miss out on debut Superbike podium

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden was "definitely a bit disappointed" after narrowly coming up short in the battle for a podium on his first weekend in World Superbikes at Phillip Island.

Superbike newcomer Hayden will be quick right away, say rivals

MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden is expected to have a strong rookie season in World Superbike, according to some of the rivals he will be facing this year.

Hayden says ”still room for improvement” after Jerez test

World Superbike newcomer Nicky Hayden reckons he is still far from reaching his best form after completing his first test of 2016 at Jerez.

Hayden: I want to finish my career with Honda

Nicky Hayden says he wants to finish his career with Honda, having rejoined the Japanese manufacturer for an assault on the World Superbike championship.

Hayden completes maiden WSBK test at Aragon

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has had his first taste of the Honda CBR1000RR machine he will ride in World Superbikes next year in a two-day test at Aragon.

Sepang MotoGP: Pedrosa sets the early pace ahead of Lorenzo

Honda's Dani Pedrosa led the opening practice session at Sepang International circuit for the Malaysian GP, ahead of title contender Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez.

Hayden confirms WSBK switch in 2016

Former world champion Nicky Hayden has confirmed he will end his MotoGP career at the end of the current season to move to the World Superbike Championship.

Hayden poised for World Superbike switch with Honda

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden is poised to move across to the World Superbike Championship in 2016 with the Honda Ten Kate team.

Miller and Zarco in the frame for 2016 Aspar rides

MotoGP squad Aspar could be set for an all-new line-up in 2016, with Jack Miller and Johann Zarco among the names in contention for the two available seats.

Nicky Hayden: “I’m not ready to quit MotoGP yet”

While there may be uncertainty surrounding Nicky Hayden’s MotoGP future, the former World Champion isn’t ready to quit just the series just yet, as he tells Jamie Klein.

Rossi takes second victory of the year in thrilling Argentina MotoGP

The legendary Valentino Rossi won a dramatic race to score his second victory of 2015 and stretch his championship advantage, as Marc Marquez crashed out during battle for the lead.

Marquez takes second MotoGP pole of 2015 in Argentina

Marc Marquez was back to his dominant self in qualifying for the MotoGP race in Argentina, the factory Honda rider sealing his second pole position of the year.

Marquez back on top in Argentina MotoGP FP3

Reigning champion Marc Marquez jumped into top spot in third practice at Termas de Rio Hondo, ahead of fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

Espargaro maintains practice advantage in Argentina

Aleix Espargaro once again lead the field in second practice at Termas de Rio Hondo aboard the works Suzuki, ahead of Ducati's Andrea Iannone and Honda's Marc Marquez.