Nicky Hayden nicknamed “The Kentucky Kid” was born in Owensboro, Kentucky July 30th, 1981. He began racing Flat Track at a very young age and has moved through the ranks of professional Motor-cycle racing with much success. Nicky was crowned the 2002 AMA Superbike Champion before moving to the premier class of racing “MotoGP” in 2003 with the Factory backed HRC Repsol Honda Team. Nicky continued with the Repsol Honda Team through to the end of the 2008 season. During that time he won three races, finished second six times and third on sixteen occasions. Nicky’s first race victory was in front of his home crowd at Laguna Seca in 2005, he then backed this up in 2006 along with another victory at Assen in 2006.
Heading into the last race of the 2006 season in Valencia, “The Kentucky Kid” had his chance to realize a life long dream. When Rossi fell on lap five, Hayden knew he only had to bring his Honda safely over the line to secure the title. Nicky did, and was crowned the 2006 MotoGP World Champion.
Nicky also raced with the Factory Ducati Team from 2009 – 2013 and in 2014 he moved back to Honda to race their RCV1000R machine with the Drive M7 Aspar Team. In 2016, Nicky moved to race in World Superbikes onboard the Honda CBR1000RR with Ten-Kate Racing. He finished the season in 5th place collecting one race victory in Malaysia and finishing on the podium another three times that season. An incredible feat considering the older machinery he was racing. In 2017, Nicky continued on with Ten-Kate on the all new RedBull sponsored Honda and competed in his last race on the 14th of May at the Motul Italian round in Misano.
This ARAI helmet is the official 2005 Replica helmet which Nicky beautifully signed in silver paint pen during one of our exclusive signing sessions. Nicky was also kind enough to provide one of his genuine used visors at the time of signing which has also been fitted to this helmet.
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