MotoGP Paddock Reacts to Nicky Hayden

“Go Nicky, never give up”

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Prayers for Nicky HaydenMaria Guidotti

From the MotoGP paddock to the World SBK teams, the enthusiasm to speak about tires, settings or motorbikes is gone. The road racing circus is in shock for what happened to Nicky Hayden. The medical bulletin speaks clears “a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage,” but the hope is there and the encouragement is unanimous: “Go Nicky, never give up.”

Despite he won the MotoGP title beating his majesty Valentino Rossi back in 2006, he is remained one of the most beloved rider in Italy and in the whole MotoGP paddock, because Nicky is simply special.

“I was at home when I heard about Hayden,” said Rossi, who lives a few kilometres away from the place of the incident. “It was a shock. We have spent so much time together. He was a great rider, he won a world title and competed many years at the highest level, but first of all he is a very good guy, always friendly. A cool type. In 2006 we battled for the championship till the end and he beat me, but to lose from him is less painful. I congratulated him at the end of the race in Valencia. In 2015, after what happened in Valencia he shook my hand on track. He gave me courage in such a difficult moment. I learn from the doctors on spot on the incident that Nicky’s conditions were critical since the beginning. I hope for the best, even if the situation is serious”.

“Last year in Phillip Island, he remained to party with me till 6am,” remembers Marc Marquez, “he praised me since my debut in the GPs in the Repsol KTM team in 125cc. He is a special guy”.

“He taught me the sense of freedom and positive thinking of the American people,” added Iannone.

“It’s true. Hayden brought into the MotoGP a different approach,” commented Michele Pirro, the MotoGP Ducati test rider. “I entered in Ducati in his last year. I felt welcomed and respected. Nicky showed that you can be fast but with respect. Despite he was a world champion he was humble and also in Ducati he always gave the maximum. The situation is critical, but never give up Nicky”.

From the paddock of the MotoGP to the one of the World Superbike, the reaction is the same: dismay and hope. “He is the nicest team mate I have ever had” comments Stefan Bradl from the Red Bull Honda Superbike Team. “Every day we discussed the data and the day together, it’s a pleasure to share the garage with him.”

“We shared the same passion for cycling,” commented Marco Melandri. “This winter we met several time together in Phillip Island and Malaysia and went riding together. We spoke about motocross and the common passions. I have shared with him the MotoGP and the Superbike paddock, I think he is one of the few riders that had no enemies. He has always been available for everyone. No good news are coming, but we still hope.”

Meantime on Thursday Nicky was joined by mother Rose and his brother Tommy who arrived in Italy from the United States and his fiancé Jackie was always already beside him. The last medical bulletin released toady by the Maurizio Bufalini hospital at 19:45 local time in Italy states that “The clinical picture of Nicky Hayden remains unchanged. His condition is still extremely critical.” Outside the hospital a board from a fan: “Prayers for you. #69 Om Namah Shivaya,” a mantra recited by yogis in meditation, which is associated with qualities of prayer, divine-love, grace, truth, and blissfulness.

Regarding the dynamic of the incident: the driver of the Peugeot, a 30 year old worker from Morciano which is a small town close to the Misano circuit, commented that the rider came unexpectedly out of a stop. Hayden was coming from a narrow secondary road who entered in via Tavoleto, where the incident took place.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has been keeping everyone updated with latest news on Nicky Hayden. As always, we will pass along anything we hear and can confirm and we hope you'll join us in keeping Nicky and the Haydens in your thoughts.