Owensboro Hosts Nicky Hayden Charity Ride

To honor his life the city of Owensboro hosts a charity event on June 9 every year since his death, a reference to Hayden's racing number 69.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 10:23 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2021 8:19 AM

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.

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The combination of sunshine and southerly winds will make for another abnormally mild day throughout the Ohio Valley - expect an afternoon high temperature near 69° this afternoon. Friday evening looks as though it will be just as pleasant; after seeing the upper 60s earlier in the day, we'll dip to 60° by 5 PM before falling towards 54° around 7 o’clock. We are however, watching a passing low pressure system and accompanying cold front that is expected to pass through the Tri-State late Friday evening and early Saturday morning.
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