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Owensboro Unveils Statue of the Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden

Jerry Perez | The Drive

Jerry Perez | The Drive

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Owensboro Unveils Statue of the Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden

  1. chessplayer1974
    11:07 am June 9, 2018 Permalink

    Well I wonder how long it will take for someone to claim he or his ancestors did something wrong and demand the statue be taken down.

    • ukkatzfan
      11:27 am June 9, 2018 Permalink

      Poorly played chessplayer Poorly played. 🙁

    • Wade
      12:19 pm June 9, 2018 Permalink

      I love it

    • jaws2
      9:29 pm June 9, 2018 Permalink

      Unfortunately, played perfectly considering the rampant reality of political correctness and revisionist history being taught today. Here, here sir, call it like it is.

  2. Catfan4life-original
    3:49 pm June 9, 2018 Permalink

    It was a moving tribute and ceremony. RIP Nicky.