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MotoGP, Rossi: Come on, Nicky, my great friend

Valentino remembers the good times spent with him: "so many flat track battles and the embrace in 2006 after he beat me"

MotoGP: Rossi: Come on, Nicky, my great friend

Over the past several hours, many have rallied around Nicky Hayden, currently in critical condition at the Bufalini hospital in Cesena following an accident with a car yesterday as he was training on his bicycle. Simple fans, teams and riders with their messages are sticking close to the Kentucky Kid in his most difficult battle.

Valentino Rossi wrote this post on his Facebook page to wish his friend all the best.

Nicky is one of the best friends I have ever had in the paddock. We were teammates with Honda in his rookie year, 2003, when he was a young beginner in his first European experience. That season ended with the championship for me and his first podium at Phillip Island. A few years later we battled against one another for the 2006 championship down to the last race and in the end, unfortunately for me, he beat me to become MotoGP world champion. After the race we shook hands and embraced.”

"After that we were teammates again in Ducati’s difficult years, where we fought tooth and nail several times, even just to take the last spot in the top five. Nicky would often come to the Ranch, where it was always fantastic to see him and to try to grasp some secrets, battling together, because he is one of the fastest flat track riders in the world and before moving over to asphalt, he won in the most important American Flat Track races like the Peoria TT.”

“But my fondest memory of him is when he came to shake my hand after the unlucky Valencia 2015 race, during the victory lap. For him it was his farewell to MotoGP and I had just lost the championship. His look of support from behind his visor is one of the few positive memories I have of that day. Come on, Nicky, we are all with you.”

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Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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