NICKY HAYDEN, 1981–2017

Motorcyclist - - Front Page - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY AN­DREW WHEELER

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.

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