While Laguna Seca will forever be a place of special memories for Nicky Hayden because of his wins there in 2005 and 2006, Indianapolis is home. He can drive here in a few hours from his place in Kentucky by Sunday the paddock will be teeming with friends and family.
As is customary, Hayden has a special helmet here at Indy. He also has the number 69 carved into his hair, and is rocking a man bun under his hat. It’s a special race for the American.
Any veteran rider knows the reality of racing is that any race can be your last. But market forces right now in motorcycle racing mean that this might be Nick Hayden’s last USGP race, and last season of MotoGP.
Hayden has a few options for 2016 but is not revealing what they are yet. Some see him on an Aprilia in WSBK.
“I’m not really sure yet,” Hayden said in the pre-race press conference. “We’ll see what comes up, what’s available. I still enjoy riding these motorcycles. So if the right opportunity comes up that sounds like fun, then I certainly want to continue.”