Nicholas Hayman “Wins” Daytona SuperSport Race--By Peter Jones

“I have no kids, I have no worries. I’m 52 years old and living my dream. I’m racing again after giving it up 20-plus-years ago.”

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Nick Hayman, last man running in the Daytona SuperSport race. Photos by Catherine Wedmore

That’s what Nick Hayman told me after finishing the SuperSport race at Daytona International Speedway, on the last running bike in the race. Sure, technically that’s not a win, but for a 52-year-old, just racing on the high banks at Daytona can feel like a huge win.

Hayman, owner of Munroe Motors, a European multiline dealer located in San Francisco’s Mission District, told me that he hadn’t quit racing 20 years ago because he’d lost interest; he quit because a broken neck distracted him from it. While off-road riding in Baja, Mexico, Hayman bailed off his bike on a lonely beach, was separated from his riding buddies, and was in so much pain he knew his neck was broken. So he climbed a rocky slope while holding his head in place with his hands, sat on the roadside for four hours until a car came by, and then hitched a ride to a hospital. File that under “not-dead-yet.”

We’ve seen sadder riders finish a race in second place, but we’ve never seen a happier rider roll across the finish line on the last running bike in a race. Hayman is doing it, and he’s doing it for himself. He doesn’t care about anything of it, except the doing it.

Well at the pointy end of the field, in a class of his own also, Tomas Puerta, the 18-year old from Medellin, Colombia, was the rider on the first bike to cross the finish line at Daytona in the SuperSport class, well ahead of the rest of the field.

Two kids, one passion.--Peter Jones

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