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Nicky Hayden

Starting from humble dirt track beginnings at the age of four, Nicky Hayden has captured many titles in premier motorcycle racing, including MotoGP.


Nicky Hayden during testing at Valencia with Power Electronics Aspar.
Rider: Nicholas "Nicky" Hayden
Nickname: Nick the Quick, Kentucky Kid, Trick Daddy
Born: July 30, 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky
Nationality: American
Team: Power Electronics Aspar 
Machine: Honda RCV1000R (#69)
Don't think for a minute that this good-natured, always smiling kid from Kentucky doesn't have the heart of a winner. Both of Nicky's parents were involved in dirt track racing before he was born. Earl, Nicky's father, built dirt tracks for his five children to learn how to race bikes while living in the countryside of Kentucky. With Nicky's two brothers racing in the AMA Superbike Championship and his own success in AMA and MotoGP, his father's dream has been made a reality.

Hayden began his career with dirt track racing, beginning at four-years-old at the Paducah International Raceway. From that moment on, he competed regularly in the category and spent nearly every weekend traveling to tracks all over the American Midwest with his family.
 
Although over time his passion transferred itself more towards road racing, Nicky and his brothers have always remained interested in dirt track, a world in which they all obtained great results. A highlight was the historic Springfield TT in 2002 where, having all qualified on the front row, all three brothers stepped up to the podium. Nicky, Tommy and Roger Lee finished the race in that order - something that had never happened before in a professional AMA Flat Track race. At that time Nicky was already one of the most talented riders in the AMA Superbike Championship and was in contention for the title, a title that he won just a few months later.

Nicky Hayden celebrates win number 200 on the podium with his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa - Assen
Nicky Hayden gives Honda its 200th MotoGP win and picked up his first Grand Prix title the same year.
After three seasons in MotoGP, Nicky picked up his first career win at the USGP at Laguna Seca. In front of his American fans Nicky dominated, leading every lap and winning the hearts of many GP fans across the globe. For 2006, the Kentucky Kid did one better by claiming the checkers at Laguna again while netting the MotoGP title for Honda. To earn the championship, Hayden exhibited consistency and determination, overcoming a devastating DNF at Estoril courtesy of his Repsol Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

In 2007 the GP category moved from 990cc to 800cc machines and Hayden was not immediately comfortable with the new 800cc V-Four RC212V at his command. He also had a two-year contract with the factory Honda team, but Nick the Quick was under the gun to win another title and couldn't deliver. The work completed during the year allowed him to reach the podium in Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic, but he was only able to finish the season eighth overall.

Ducati's Nick Hayden wheelies away in fifth.
Since switching to Ducati, Hayden has experienced mixed results with only two podiums scored throughout 2009 and 2010.
2008 was another year of mixed fortunes for Hayden, especially at the start of the season when, despite several top-five finishes, he failed to reach the podium. An injury to his foot, caused when he participated in a Supermoto race at the X-Games in Los Angeles, complicated things and forced him to miss the Czech Republic and San Marino GP races. However, always ready to fight harder, the American was back in form at his home round of Indianapolis, where in difficult conditions and less than perfect health, he finished second behind Valentino Rossi. Another podium at Phillip Island and a series of strong results toward the end of the season allowed him to climb the leader board to finish the year in sixth place.

In 2009 Hayden made the jump from Honda to Ducati where he campaigned aboard the Desmosedici GP9 alongside teammate and 2007 champion, Casey Stoner. In 17 starts Hayden only made it to the podium once in '09, and finished 13th overall.

The next year Hayden continued to struggle aboard his Ducati machine. Like the previous year, The Kentucky Kid only managed one podium finish during a mediocre season. Despite his lackluster results, Hayden finished seventh overall after posting respectable top-10 finishes throughout the year.

In 2011 he continued with Ducati and earned a season high third-place finish in Round 2 at Jerez, but after that result he languished outside the top-five for all but a handful of races. He finished the year in eighth overall. 2012 proved to be an even more disappointing year for Hayden, as he was unable to push his Ducati to the top-three all year, breaking a streak of earning at least one MotoGP podium a season since his first year in 2003. His best result of the year came in a rain-soaked battle at Sepang where he finished fourth. He ended 2012 in ninth overall.

Hayden remained with Ducati for 2013 and was joined by new teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Hayden remained unable to get the Duc into podium position and ended the season with a fifth-place finish at Le Mans as his best result of the year. Mid-way through the season Ducati confirmed that it was ending its relationship with the American rider after five years. He finished the 2013 season ninth overall.

Hayden remains in MotoGP for 2014 after signing a contract with Power Electronics Aspar to ride the new Honda RCV1000R alongside new teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama. 
 
Nicky Hayden Career History
2013 - 9th MotoGP - Ducati
2012 - 9th MotoGP - Ducati
2011 - 8th MotoGP - Ducati
2010 - 7th MotoGP - Ducati
2009 - 13th MotoGP - Ducati
2008 - 6th MotoGP - Honda
2007 - 8th MotoGP - Honda
2006 - 1st MotoGP - Honda
2005 - 3rd MotoGP - Honda
2004 - 8th MotoGP - Honda
2003 - MotoGP Rookie of the Year
2003 - 5th MotoGP - Honda
2002 - 1st AMA Superbike - Honda
2002 - 1st Daytona 200 - Honda
2001 - 3rd AMA Superbike - Honda
2000 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Honda
2000 - 4th AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
1999 - 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme - Honda
1999 - 1st AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
1999 - AMA Grand National Dirt Track Rookie of the Year
1999 - AMA/Speedvision Pro Athlete of the Year
1998 - 4th AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
1998 - 4th AMA 750 Supersport - Honda
1997 - AMA Horizon Award

Nicky Hayden News & Articles
Nicky Hayden Signs with Aspar Honda for 2014
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Power Electronics Aspar Team announced it has signed former MotoGP world champion to a two-year contract and will be switching from Aprilia to Honda machinery next year.
Nicky Hayden Out at Ducati MotoGP in 2014
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Today the Ducati MotoGP team confirmed that it will not retain Nicky Hayden’s services for the 2014 season.
Hayden Continues Tissot Sponsorship
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Nicky Hayden continues his sponsor relationship with Tissot.
Hayden Signs MotoGP Extension with Ducati
Friday, July 27, 2012
Ducati announces a one-year extension with American rider Nicky Haydne just minutes before the action is slated to begin at Laguna Seca.
Nicky Hayden at Dainese Store San Francisco
Monday, July 23, 2012
Nicky Hayden will be making a stop at the Ducati Store in San Francisco on his way to Laguna Seca. The Kentucky Kid will take part in a short interview, followed by Q & A and an autograph session.
Nicky Hayden Uncertain of Ducati future
Monday, July 02, 2012
One rider that appears out of the MotoGP loop right now is American Nicky Hayden, with the 2006 MotoGP champ still looking for a 2013 ride.
Nicky Hayden Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
Monday, February 06, 2012
Nicky Hayden will undergo left-shoulder surgery to speed recovery of his injury, which held him back during recent MotoGP testing in Sepang.
Nicky Hayden Busts Shoulder Riding Flat Track
Thursday, December 29, 2011
MotoGP star Nicky Hayden reportedly broke his shoulder and fractured two ribs while training at an indoor flat track facility.
Nicky Hayden Undergoes Wrist Surgery
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
In order to speed up recovery on his injured wrist American Nicky Hayden underwent surgery to repair a small fracture.
Nicky Hayden Sidelined in First Turn Pileup
Monday, November 07, 2011
Ducati's Nicky Hayden has his hopes of a rostrum finish dashed in the opening lap at Valencia GP following an ugly first turn pileup.
Nicky Hayden to Appear at 2011 Isle of Man
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
American MotoGP star Nicky Hayden has been confirmed to visit the 2011 Isle of Man TT races and will participate in a parade lap around the iconic mountain course.
Nicky Hayden Completes 1000cc GP12 Test
Monday, April 11, 2011
Despite initial weather concerns Nicky Hayden and the Ducati Marlboro team complete 61 laps with the new Ducati GP12 at the Jerez circuit.
Ducati Reveals Rossi-Themed Monsters
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Ducati starts cashing in on its biggest off-season acquisition, revealing the first Ducati models to be branded by The Doctor, Valentino Rossi.
Rossi and Hayden Talk at Ducatis Wrooom 11
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Valentino Rossi made his first official public appearance in Ducati Red alongside his MotoGP teammate Nicky Hayden at the 2011 Wrooom Press Conference.
Ducati Signs Two-Year Deal with Nicky Hayden
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Ducati announced they have renewed their MotoGP contract with American Nicky Hayden for another two years. He will be joined on the Ducati Marlboro team for 2011 by Valentino Rossi.
Nicky Hayden to be Grand Marshall at Indy Mile
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden will be the honorary Grand Marshall of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile in the upcoming round of AMA Flat Track racing.
Hayden Undergoes Arm Surgery
Thursday, February 11, 2010
American MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden underwent routine surgery to his right arm.
Exclusive Nicky Hayden Interview
Monday, January 04, 2010
MotoUSA catches up with American MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden for an in-depth interview to see what the Kentucky Kid has been up to these days and what his 2010 predictions are.
Haydens Indy Helmet in Make-A-Wish Auction
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Ducati North America and Nicky Hayden are teaming up to auction off the helmet Nicky wore in the Indianapolis MotoGP, with money raised benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Hayden Keeps 2010 Ducati MotoGP Ride
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Ducati Corse is hereby pleased to announce that Nicky Hayden will sign a one year extension to his current agreement and will line up alongside Casey Stoner in the Ducati Marlboro Team for 2010.
Nicky Hayden Interview
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We catch up with Ducati MotoGP star Nicky Hayden after the Red Bull U.S. GP to get his take on the rough season he's had thus far and his solid fifth-place finish at Laguna Seca.
Ducati Releases New 2010 Sportbike Motorcycle
Friday, July 03, 2009
Ducati releases an new 2010 sportbike motorcycle during the 2009 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Get all the specs on the limited edition Nicky Hayden Ducati 848.
Hayden Leads Day 1 of Qatar MotoGP Test
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Ducati's Nicky Hayden led the field as MotoGP night testing in Qatar is spoiled by, of all things, rain.
Ducati Welcomes Nicky Hayden in U.S.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Ducati North America welcomes Nicky Hayden to its MotoGP racing team at its largest dealership in California.
Stoner and Hayden Unveil GP9 Livery
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden today unveiled the new livery of the Desmosedici GP9
Ducatisti Welcome Nicky Hayden in SoCal
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Ducati North America announces today it will host a welcome bash for the Ducati Marlboro Team’s newest MotoGP rider, Nicky Hayden, on January 23rd.
Wrooom Ducati MotoGP Racing
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Wrooom - MotoGP Press Ski Meeting 2009 got underway in the best manner possible on Monday, with both Casey Stoner and his new teammate Nicky Hayden, making his debut in Ducati Marlboro Team colors.
Hayden Fifth at MotoGP Jerez Test
Friday, November 28, 2008
The Kentucky Kid ended the final test of the 2008 year with a fifth-fastest time.
Hayden Tests Ducati at Jerez
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Nick the Quick tests the Ducati while Stoner rehabs at Jerez.
Hayden Turns First Laps on Ducati GP09
Monday, October 27, 2008
Nicky Hayden turned his first laps on the Desmosedici GP09 today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain.
Nicky Hayden Honda MotoGP Interview
Thursday, August 28, 2003
The AMA Superbike champ Nicky Hayden joined Honda’s MotoGP team this season. We chat with the AMA champ to find out how racing overseas has been so far.
Nicky Hayden AMA Superbike Interview
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Motorcycle USA chats with AMA Superbike racer Nicky Hayden about his season and what the future holds for this rising star.
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Nicky Hayden Stats
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Nicky Hayden Statistics:
Hayden became the youngest ever AMA Superbike Champion upon winning the title in 2002.

Nicky Hayden broke Chris Carr's 13 consecutive win streak at the Peoria TT venue in 2002 despite starting from the penalty line.

Hayden only lacks one win at a mile track to join the prestigious "Grand Slam Club" which requires a win in each style of Grand National event and a road race win.

In his first year of racing MotoGP Hayden landed 5th in points and earned the Rookie-of-the-Year award.
By winning the 2006 MotoGP Championship Nicky Hayden broke Valentino Rossi's 5 year championship streak.
Nicky has reached the podium atleast once every season since his transition to MotoGP in 2003.
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