NICKY HAYDEN, 1981–2017
Motorcycling lost an icon this past May when Nicky Hayden, 2006 Motogp world champion and American roadracing hero, succumbed to injuries sustained in a bicycling accident in Italy. Hayden was a man of humble beginnings. He started racing as a boy and rose to the highest station by way of unwavering determination and focus. His bold riding style and palpable spirit made him one of the most relatable and beloved riders in the sport. Fans cheered for and admired Hayden, competitors respected and feared him, and everyone will miss him. Godspeed, Nicky.