Nicky Hayden was born a motorcyclist. With Dad, Earl and Mother, Rose, both keen flat trackers, Hayden and siblings were always going to possess an innate love of two wheels.
Riding by the age of three, Nicky rose to the highest possible level in motorcycle racing just 19 years later as he was signed to race alongside Valentino Rossi in the Repsol Honda MotoGP team after becoming the youngest ever AMA Superbike champion.
The next year Hayden clinched his debut MotoGP victory in front of home fans in the United States at Laguna Seca, but he would go on to better that the following season as he clinched the 2006 MotoGP World Championship in one of the most memorable seasons of modern era Grand Prix racing.
Hayden would race in MotoGP until the end of the 2015 season, when, having completed 216 races over the previous 12 years, he moved to the Superbike World Championship with Honda.
In May last year, he’d join the exclusive club of riders to win both MotoGP and World Superbike races as he set out to become the first rider in history to win titles in both series.
As we remember the 35-year-old, here we show some of the moments across Hayden’s career, from his younger days, to winning his Grand Prix title, and then his move to WSB.
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