A year after his tragic death, the city of Owensboro honored the Kentucky Kid.
Hundreds gathered outside of the Owensboro Convention Center yesterday to be the first to see a statue of the late motorcycle racing legend, Nicky Hayden. The 2006 MotoGP World Champion died last May at the age of 35 after a bicycle accident in Italy.
The statue recreates an iconic image of Hayden after he won the Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. It took a team of 100 people more than 2,000 hours of labor to construct the statue.
One of the world’s most celebrated motorcycle racers, Hayden was a fan-favorite. Yesterday’s crowd was filled with fans from all across the Ohio Valley, many of whom traveled hundreds of miles for the occasion.