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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. :sad9::sorrow::sorrow::sorrow:
 

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You didn't need to be deep into MotoGP Racing to recognize his name. For him in particular... an ironic way to go.
RIP Nicky.
 
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