The motorcycling community lost a great racer and fan favorite today with the passing of Nicky Hayden. On Wednesday of last week, while training on his bicycle on the Rimini coast in Italy, Hayden was struck by a car. He was transported to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena where he was listed in critical condition with severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries. Just a little while ago the medical facility releases the following:
‘The medical college has confirmed the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, recovering from Wednesday May 17 in a hospital intensive care unit of Cesena Bufalini as a result of serious multiple injuries occurred on that date.’
Born in and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky, he was often referred to by his nickname “The Kentucky Kid.” Hayden was an AMA Superbike Champion and was the last American to win the MotoGP Championship, beating out Valentino Rossi by an extremely small margin for the 2006 title and putting an end to Rossi’s five year title streak.
Riding a Honda CBR1000RR for Red Bull Honda in the World Superbike Championship series, Hayden had been in Italy after competing in the World Superbike Championship in Italy on 14 May. He was 13th in overall point standings.
Only 35 years old at the time of his passing, Hayden’s talent and determination helped him acquire a great amount of success during his racing career, while his spirit and personality made him a favorite with fans both in America and across the globe. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends. He will sadly be missed.
2006 MotoGP World Champion
2006 Cycle News Rider of the Year
2003 MotoGP Rookie of the Year
2002 AMA Superbike Champion
2002 Daytona 200 Winner
2002 Leads brothers Tommy and Roger to Hayden podium sweep at Springfield TT
1999 AMA 600 Supersport Champion
1999 AMA Pro Athlete of the Year
1999 AMA Ricky Graham Flat Track Rookie of the Year
1997 AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award