To the world, Nicky Hayden was a famous motorcycle rider and to his hometown of Owensboro, KY, he was that and much more.
When asked about Hayden, family friend Richard Schrecker said he was one of a kind.
"He was original, he was true blue and what you see is what you got." said Schrecker.
Hayden was a 2006 MotoGP World Champion. He raced MotoGP for many years and won races worldwide.
A huge accomplishment family friend Darin Tapp applauded him for.
"Nicky was the most talented all around rider I've ever seen in my life and I'll put him up against Kenny Roberts or any of the greats," said Tapp.
In May 2017 Hayden suddenly passed away just days after being struck by a car in Italy while training on his bike.
To honor his life the city of Owensboro hosts a charity event every year on June 9 since his death, a reference to Hayden's racing number 69.
The ride began at Hayden's honorary Kentucky Kid statue in downtown Owensboro and ended at the Owensboro Convention Center where family and friends gathered to celebrate his life.
"Why we're here is to help keep his legacy alive." said Tapp.
Shortly after his death Hayden's family started the Nicky Hayden Foundation which focuses on children's charities.
All proceeds of the charity event will go to that foundation.