The statue dedicated to Nicky Hayden has been inaugurated in Owensboro, Kentucky. It depicts the rider while celebrating his win at Laguna Seca. The American champion's native city wanted to honour him with a monument and mayor Tom Watson has also proclaimed 9 June as Nicky Hayden Day (Americans write the date as 6/9, a clear tribute to his race number).
“We were proud to unveil the statue today honoring Nicky," Mayor Watson said. "He was not only a world-class motorcycle champion, he was a world-class person, and we are proud that he called Owensboro home. We know his legacy will live on forever.”
The bronze monument was commissioned by the Hayden family.
“This event and this sculpture mean a great deal to our family,” said Nicky’s older brother, Tommy. “In the year since his death, we’ve been blown away by the outpouring of support from locals and people all over the world. A number of Nicky’s fans have told me that they would like to have a destination where they can pay their respects to their hero, and this statue will serve that purpose. In addition, I hope it will serve as a tangible reminder to Owensboro citizens that it’s possible to achieve great things while remaining true to your community, just like Nicky did.”