Nicholas "Nicky" Patrick Hayden (born July 30, 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky) also known as The Kentucky Kid is the American professional motorcycle racer who won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006.2010
On 3 September 2009, it was confirmed that Hayden has signed a one year extension of contract with Ducati for the 2010 MotoGP season, ending speculation of a move away from the team. He will partner Casey Stoner once again at the team.
During the off-season, Hayden had surgery on his right arm, having been suffering from compartmental syndrome or more commonly known as arm-pump.
Nicky averages a MotoGP win every 39 races (3 wins/117 races), somewhat behind Valentino Rossi who scores a win every 2.15 races (78 wins/168 races). and Casey Stoner every 3.3 races (20 wins/66 races). Throughout his MotoGP career Hayden has earned 5 MotoGP pole positions (Rossi: 48, Stoner: 18) and has achieved the fastest lap in a MotoGP race 6 times (Rossi: 63, Stoner: 17).
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