Six days ago the 2006 MotoGP world champion, Nicky Hayden, was involved in a crash while cycling near Misano circuit in Italy. After a log of speculations and rumors it has been confirmed, that he has passed away today, succumbing to his injuries.
In a statement to the public, his brother, Tommy Hayden
On behalf of the whole Hayden family and Nicky’s fiancé Jackie I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support – it has been a great comfort to us all knowing that Nicky has touched so many people’s lives in such a positive way. Although this is obviously a sad time, we would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest – riding a motorcycle.He dreamed as a kid of being a pro rider and not only achieved that but also managed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport in becoming world champion. We are all so proud of that.
Apart from these ‘public’ memories, we will also have many great and happy memories of Nicky at home in Kentucky, in the heart of the family. We will all miss him terribly. It is also important for us to thank all the hospital staff for their incredible support – they have been very kind. With the further support of the authorities in the coming days we hope to have Nicky home soon.
As we reported last week, the 35-year old rider was training on a bicycle near Rimini, when he was hit by a driver in a black Peugeot 206 cc. After the accident he was taken to a local hospital and was later transferred to intensive care unit.
Last week statement by the hospital stated heavy injuries to the head and spine and that the condition was extremely grave.
It is tragic to see another legend of the racing sport pass away after a lifetime of racing on the ragged edge. Besides being a world champion, Nicky was also loved by the crowds, the paddock and his fellow competitors.
He was known as a genuinely nice guy, one of the rare few if not only rider in the caravan, to win the title and not make any enemies in MotoGP.
We extend our condolences to Nicky’s fiancée as well as his family and friends.
Ride in peace, you will be missed.