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Pit Pass

It’s with great sadness that we’re here in 2017, paying tribute to former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, following his untimely passing away. As most will know by now, Nicky left us not through an incident doing what he loved most, racing motorcycles, but through a prang on the road while training on his push bike.

The ins and outs of exactly what transpired on that fateful day in May matter little really, the weight of the loss is measured only in exactly what’s now missing from motorcycle racing – one of the genuine good guys – and that hangs heavy on the soul. We can only imagine what his family is going through, never mind his team, the WSB and MotoGP paddock, plus fans the world over.

Yet we’ve always felt it more fitting to celebrate a life lived to the full when this kind of thing occurs, and Nicky lived, breathed and bled motorcycles since he was a little kid. His rise through the ranks in the US of A was impressive as he worked his way all the way up to the AMA Superbike class, which he won in 2002.

He was so well thought-of by that point, and the American market so important to Honda, that he was slung straight into the top factory Repsol MotoGP squad. The chances of that happening to a national Superbike champion today is virtually nil, and even then was a rather rare occurrence.

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