three races with Honda during that time.
MotoGP promoters Dorna joined in tributes from across the world of motorsport for the “Kentucky Kid” who won the 2006 world title for Honda.
“A true Champion on and off track, Hayden will be deeply missed,” they said.
Danny Kent, Moto2 rider for Red Bull, tweeted his condolences: “Nicest guy in the paddock! So so sad. Always in our hearts. RIP Nicky xx”.
F1 ace Lewis Hamilton wrote: “Dear Nicky, you will be missed. May God hold you high, you are forever in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones,” alongside a picture of the rider.
American golfer Rickie Fowler tweeted a heartfelt message: “This morning just didn’t seem real,” he wrote. “We lost an amazing rider but even better person!!
F1 driver Jenson Button said: “Totally shocked... Another one of the good guys gone way too soon. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this terrible time.” Agencies