TRIB­UTES POUR IN

‘Another good guy gone way too soon’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON

FORMER Mo­toGP world cham­pion Nicky Hay­den has died at the age of 35 fol­low­ing a cy­cling ac­ci­dent in Italy. Hay­den suf­fered head and chest in­juries af­ter the col­li­sion last Wed­nes­day and was later trans­ferred to a hos­pi­tal in Ce­sena.

The hos­pi­tal an­nounced the Amer­i­can had died on Mon­day, five days af­ter the crash.

Hay­den was rid­ing with friends close to Ri­mini when he was hit by a Peu­geot, smash­ing into the wind­screen of the ve­hi­cle be­fore land­ing on the road.

Ju­di­cial author­i­ties have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent and ques­tioned the 30year-old driver of the Peu­geot.

“Although this is ob­vi­ously a sad time, we would like ev­ery­one to re­mem­ber Nicky at his hap­pi­est — rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle,” said his brother Tommy.

“He dreamed as a kid of be­ing a pro rider and not only achieved that but also man­aged to reach the pinnacle of his cho­sen sport in be­com­ing world cham­pion.”

Hay­den’s fi­ancee, Jackie Marin, posted a photo of the pair to­gether on her In­sta­gram ac­count just two weeks ago. The post was a cel­e­bra­tion of the day the cou­ple got en­gaged in May 2016, ac­cord­ing to Jackie.

She said: “One year ago, yes­ter­day, this guy made the best de­ci­sion of his life #HePutARingOnIt #VeniceI­taly #May6th2016 @nick­y_hay­den,”

Hay­den is fa­mous for nar­rowly pip­ping Valentino Rossi to the 2006 Mo­toGP ti­tle, end­ing the Ital­ian’s half-decade dom­i­nance of the sport.

The Amer­i­can had fea­tured ev­ery year in Grand Prix, mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing’s pre­mier class, be­tween 2003 and 2016, win­ning

Nicky Hay­den

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