Its official .... Nicky is no more and as fans, its really difficult for us to cop up with it. But just like his brother Tommy said ,"We would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest - riding a motorcycle," Few people want success in their sport as badly as Nicky, and that desire comes through in spades not only when he’s in front of an adoring crowd on a race weekend, but especially during the sport’s less glamorous moments: training in the gym during the off-season, putting in endless laps during winter testing, and studying data on the computer with technicians late at night in the garage.

Hayden began racing motorcycles at a young age. He began his road racing career in the CMRA before progressing to the AMA Supersport Championship and then to the AMA Superbike Championship. He won the AMA title in 2002 and was approached by the Repsol Honda team to race for them in MotoGP.

If there’s anyone besides Nicky himself to thank for his dedication and charm, it’s got to be his family. The middle sibling in a family of five children (three brothers and two sisters), Nicky was born on July 30, 1981, to parents Earl and Rose.

Hayden had two brothers, Tommy and Roger Lee, both professional motorcycle racers, and two sisters, Jenny and Kathleen. In 2010 Tommy raced in the AMA, and Roger Lee competed in the Superbike World Championship.

His traditional racing number, 69, was the same number his father used. His father jokes that the number was selected because it could still be read when he frequently ended up upside down in the dirt.

Hayden always lived up to the description given to him by other people: “The Nicest Man in Grand Prix Racing”.

and here is the practice sessions with Valentino Rossi and other friends

Nicky's Final Interview For CBR 1000RR Test Drive

But this is the best: Valentino Rossi gets a lift from team-mate Nicky Hayden

RIP Nicky, you're a true LEGEND keep making vapour trails in the sky