WSB: Bradl vows to pay 'best possible' tribute to Hayden

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Stefan Bradl has vowed to pay tribute to team-mate Nicky Hayden in the ‘best possible way’ at what is set to be an emotional round for the Red Bull Honda team at Donington Park this weekend.

The 2011 Moto2 champion will be the team’s sole contender at the sixth round of the Superbike World Championship after Nicky Hayden’s tragic death earlier this week.

The team have set-up Hayden’s side of the box as normal, with his Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 taking pride of place along with the American’s helmet as the team remember their fallen star.


A minute of silence will also take place ahead of Saturday’s opening race, with riders, teams, media and fans assembling on the grid with Hayden’s machine to pay respects to the 2006 world champion.

“This weekend is going to be very difficult for everybody,” Bradl said. “Nicky was a racer, was born and raised into a racing family and all his life was about enjoying racing, so we will be here to keep his passion alive and pay tribute to him the best possible way. Donington is a track I know from my time in the 125cc World Championship, and I have raced here twice already. As I said it won’t be an easy round, but we will do our best in his name.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing