The paddock reacts to news of Nicky Hayden's death
With Nicky Hayden one of the most beloved and popular riders in the race paddock both to fans and - rarely - to other racers as well, there's been a huge outpouring of grief at the news of the 2006 World Champion's death today following a cycling accident last week.
We've collated just a few of the literally thousands of tributes that's already been paid to Nicky below.
Nicest guy in the paddock! So so sad always in our hearts❤️ RIP Nicky xx pic.twitter.com/r2iqvGuDrQ— Danny Kent (@DannyKent52) May 22, 2017
How can this be real? Devastated. RIP Nicky Hayden, sincerely one of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure to meet.— Matthew Roberts (@matt77roberts) May 22, 2017
Always in my heart, champ. RIP Nicky. #69 pic.twitter.com/ML35Qm7f1g— Dani Pedrosa (@26_DaniPedrosa) May 22, 2017
My heart goes out to the entire Hayden family at such a horrible time.The world's lost a true champion on & off the track.Godspeed buddy #69— John Hopkins (@JHopper21) May 22, 2017
Just heart breaking. Nicky was more than just a true hero in my eyes. I send my love from deep inside my heart. R.I.P Kentucky Kid #69❤️— ReddingPower (@Reddingpower) May 22, 2017
Absolutely gutted a true legend has passed, a nicer guy in the paddock you couldn't ask to meet, keep it pinned up there #69 #RIPKentuckyKid— Shane Shakey Byrne (@67Shakey) May 22, 2017
Devastated at the news #NickyHayden has died.. one of a very few superstars and all round nice guy of motorcycle racing.!!— FOGGY. MBE (@carlfogarty) May 22, 2017