I first saw him (and Tommy) at Memphis in 91. They were both riding Honda 125s in practice, and I was on my ZX-6. I passed them coming onto the front straight (a full NHRA 1/4 mile dragstrip and shutdown area....aka LOOOOOONG), and didn't give them another thought......UNTIL I pitched it into T3. Both of them went under me and gone, like I wasn't even there!! Nicky was 10, Tommy was 13, and I was 35. I came in from practice and asked my pit-mate "who the F*** are those two kids on the 125s??"
He replied "oh, that's Nicky and Tommy Hayden...keep an eye on those two". I have, ever since.
I cried along with him when he won at Laguna. And again when he won the Championship. And again today.
RIP, Nicky...and thanks.
You didn't need to be deep into MotoGP Racing to recognize his name. For him in particular... an ironic way to go.
Sad to hear darn driving is the most dangerous thing we do
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