Sad day for Malaysians

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE death of former Mo­toGP cham­pion Nicky Hay­den on Mon­day had left many of his fans in Malaysia in mourn­ing.

Malaysian World Su­per­bike rider Zul­fahmi Khairud­din re­called sweet me­mories of him with Hay­den back in 2014 when they rode to­gether in Putrajaya for the Mo­toGP pre-event.

Amer­i­can Hay­den, 35, died at an Ital­ian hos­pi­tal five days af­ter be­ing hit by a car while bi­cy­cling as part of his train­ing on the Ri­mini coast.

“I had known him since 2014 and we grew closer.

“He was a re­ally nice guy and I think a lot of his fans in Malaysia are bik­ers and they loved him be­cause he came up with so many hel­met repli­cas plus the man had his own style.”

Zul­fahmi said he was blessed and hon­oured to have known Hay­den as they both took the same steps in their ca­reer.

“We chat­ted a lot be­cause I’m rac­ing in Su­per­bike, and he was there too and ba­si­cally our ca­reers were on the same path.

“We left Mo­toGP at the same time and we moved to Su­per­bike at the same time, shar­ing the same pad­dock.

“I still can’t be­lieve he’s gone be­cause it seems like just yes­ter­day we were in deep con­ver­sa­tion about rid­ing.”

Zul­fahmi, 25, re­called Hay­den giv­ing him ad­vice on avoid­ing get­ting arm pump, or Chronic Ex­er­tional Com­part­ment Syn­drome (CECS).

He had suf­fered from arm pump last month which saw him record­ing a DNF (Did Not Fin­ish) at the race in Assen, Nether­lands.

“I spoke to him (Hay­den) about arm pump and he gave me ad­vice on how to avoid it,” said Zul­fahmi.

Hay­den, known as the Ken­tucky Kid, suf­fered trauma to his head, chest and ab­domen af­ter col­lid­ing with the car. Farah Azharie

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