In Memory of Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden

HISTORY

2003

Nicky debuted in the premier MotoGP class as a factory rider for the Repsol Honda Team.

Nicky debuted in the premier MotoGP class as a factory rider for the Repsol Honda Team. He had become the youngest ever AMA Superbike champion the previous year, and his move to the premier class was eagerly awaited.

2003 was the year that Nicky also debuted in the Suzuka 8hours endurance race.

2003 was the year that Nicky also debuted in the Suzuka 8hours endurance race. Starting from 6th on the grid on his VTR1000SPW, Nicky was eager to win, but unfortunately slipped on oil left from another crash, and retired.

In Round 15, the Australian Grand Prix, Nicky is on the podium for the first time.

In Round 15, the Australian Grand Prix, Nicky is on the podium for the first time.

In 2003, Nicky was awarded Rookie of the Year

In 2003, Nicky was awarded Rookie of the Year, finishing 3rd twice, and gaining points in 14 out of the 16 grands prix.

2004

Nicky finished 3rd in Round 7, the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Nicky finished 3rd in Round 7, the Brazilian Grand Prix, a race in which Honda dominated the podium with Makoto Tamada winning for the first time, and Max Biaggi crossing the line in 2nd place.

2005

Nicky wins his first premier class grand prix in Round 8, the Grand Prix of the Americas.

Nicky wins his first premier class grand prix in Round 8, the Grand Prix of the Americas. Spectators were ecstatic as a local hero crossed the line to win the race.

A giant billboard of Nicky stands tall at the “Corkscrew,” an iconic chicane of the Laguna Seca track where he had won is first grand prix.

A giant billboard of Nicky stands tall at the “Corkscrew,” an iconic chicane of the Laguna Seca track where he had won is first grand prix. Spectators were mesmerized as Nicky navigated the 15m drop through the turns in increase his lead in the race.

2006

Nicky wins Honda its 200th premier class victory in the Dutch Grand Prix.

The final round of the 2006 season, the Valencia Grand Prix. Nicky’s 3rd place finish secures the championship title. Nicky had won twice, finished 2nd three times, and 3rd three times, with only one race of the 17 without points, to clinch the title.

2007

Nicky brings home his new #1 RC212V machine to podium finishes three times during the 2007 season.

Nicky brings home his new #1 RC212V machine to podium finishes three times during the 2007 season.

2008

Nicky leads part of the Indianapolis Motorcycle Grand Prix, finishing the race 2nd.

Nicky leads part of the Indianapolis Motorcycle Grand Prix, finishing the race 2nd. He had missed the previous two races due to injury, but the American rider was determined to race at his home track. The fans were rewarded with his exceptional finish.

2014

After a 6-year hiatus, Nicky is back on a Honda bike, the RCV1000R production racer, for the whole season.

After a 6-year hiatus, Nicky is back on a Honda bike, the RCV1000R production racer, for the whole season.

2015

At the last round of 2015, the Valencia Grand Prix, Nicky shakes hands with his former team-mate, Valentino Rossi.

At the last round of 2015, the Valencia Grand Prix, Nicky shakes hands with his former team-mate, Valentino Rossi. This was Nicky’s last MotoGP race, as from next season, he would be competing in WorldSBK.

2016

Nicky wins his first World Superbike Championship race in Round 6, the Malaysian Grand Prix. Despite being his debut year in the series, Nicky’s astounding adaptability leads him to victory.

Nicky wins his first World Superbike Championship race in Round 6, the Malaysian Grand Prix. Despite being his debut year in the series, Nicky’s astounding adaptability leads him to victory.

After a gap of 13 years, Nicky races in the Suzuka 8hours race once more, contributing to the team’s performance, securing 2nd place in qualifying.

After a gap of 13 years, Nicky races in the Suzuka 8hours race once more, contributing to the team’s performance, securing 2nd place in qualifying.

2017

Nicky continues his WorldSBK assault in 2017, and was gaining momentum, finishing within the top 10 in the first three grands prix.

Nicky continues his WorldSBK assault in 2017, and was gaining momentum, finishing within the top 10 in the first three grands prix.

Rest in Peace Nicky Hayden



CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 Promotional Video presented by Nicky Hayden

Memorial Display

Memorial Display

Honda will be commemorating Nicky Hayden’s achievements at the Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama in Japan. The RC211V Nicky rode to victory in 2006 will be on display with his actual racing suit and helmet.


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Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - Friday, June 23, 2017
Venue: Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama, 1st floor, Honda Aoyama Building, 2-1-1, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8556, Japan

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