On the anniversary of his untimely death in 2017, Motorsport.com sat down with two former teammates - Dani Pedrosa and Michael van der Mark - to remember 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden and the qualities which made him a motorsport hero
The high-pressure nature of professional sport and the personal sacrifices that must be made to become elite often make sportsmen and women polarising characters. It seems that fact is only heightened in motorsport. But, very occasionally, one comes along who totally bucks the trend, who is universally appreciated.
Nicky Hayden typified the latter category.
One of five born into the Hayden family in Owensboro, Kentucky, on 30 July 1981, racing flowed throu...