‘Loved by the pad­dock and fel­low com­peti­tors’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON MO­TOGP REPORTER

A true all-rounder, Hay­den ex­celled not only in the pre­mier class to take the 2006 world ti­tle from Valentino Rossi, but also in his early years as an AMA Pro flat Track racer and pro­duc­tion rider both in the AMA Su­per­bike se­ries and was cur­rently in WSB with the Red Bull Honda team.

Be­yond his rac­ing tal­ents, though, Hay­den was loved by the pad­dock and his fel­low com­peti­tors. One of the few rac­ers that no-one ever has a bad word to say about, the Amer­i­can was rare in hav­ing taken a cham­pi­onship with­out ever hav­ing made an en­emy in Mo­togp. Some­thing ac­knowl­edged in the huge out­pour­ing of grief and com­fort from rid­ers, teams, me­dia, and or­gan­is­ers since the news first broke of his ter­ri­ble crash.

That ex­tends to his fans, too, as one of the most pop­u­lar rid­ers ever to grace the class. Hum­ble de­spite his suc­cess, the Ken­tucky Kid was al­ways keen to in­ter­act with his fans, both on­line and in per­son, tak­ing the time to sign an au­to­graph or pose for a selfie.

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