Press Release: Nicky Hayden Official Obituary And Funeral Details

The Hayden family issued an official obituary of Nicky Hayden today, after he succumbed to the injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. They announced that Nicky Hayden's funeral is to be held at noon on Monday, 29th May, at St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The funeral is to be streamed live on Nicky Hayden's fan Facebook page. If you would like to follow the funeral, you can work out what time it is in your local timezone using this link. If you would like to do something to honor his memory, the Hayden family have asked for donations to be made to the Nicky Hayden Memorial Fund, which helps children in the Owensboro, Kentucky region.


Nicholas Patrick Hayden
July 30, 1981 - May 22, 2017

Nicholas “Nicky” Hayden passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017, at the age of 35, following a May 17 bicycle accident in Italy.

Born into a large extended Catholic family in Owensboro, Kentucky, Nicky was the middle child of Earl and Rose Hayden, with two brothers and two sisters. The entire family loved motorcycles, and shortly after he could walk, Nicky declared that his dream was to be a world champion. Although life on a farm meant that animals—horses, pot-belly pigs, even llamas—were a part of every day, for Nicky they were just novelties, and while he was a natural athlete, childhood sports leagues were little more than a lark. Racing—for the whole family, but especially for Nicky—was everything. Apart from an annual spring-break jaunt to Panama City, Florida, family trips were to racetracks, first around the Midwest, then the Eastern U.S., and eventually the entire country.

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2017 Donington Park World Supersport FP3 Results: Sofuoglu Quickest In Wet Session

Kenan Sofuoglu led Lucas Mahias at the end of the wet untimed session with Kyle Smith over half a second behind in third place. Australian wet weather specialist Ant West led early on, but once the championship contenders started finding a bit of grip, he could only manage seventh quickest. 

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2017 Donington Park World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Quick Before Rain

The morning's untimed session lasted about three minutes before it started raining. Jonathan Rea got in one quick lap ahead of Tom Sykes before the pace dropped by over fifteen seconds as the conditions worsened. In the rain, Rea was still quickest, with Marco Melandri, Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies, Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier all within a few seconds. 

Further rain seems likely all day.

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2017 Donington Park WorldSBK Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice in Donington:


Donington Park Day One
Strong start to the weekend for Rea
World Champion leads both sessions on Friday in UK, with Sykes and wildcard Haslam also on the pace

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) enjoyed a positive day on Friday despite an uncharacteristic crash at the beginning of FP1, going on to top the timesheets in both practice sessions on the first day of the PATA UK Round.

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Yamaha Movistar Press Release: Valentino Rossi Returns Home To Continue Recovery

Valentino Rossi has been sent home from hospital, after examinations revealed he was well enough to continue his recovery at from injuries sustained in a motocross accident. The Movistar Yamaha team issued the following press release with updates:


VALENTINO ROSSI RETURNED HOME FROM HOSPITAL

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi has left the hospital to continue his recovery process at home. The MotoGP-star was hospitalised after a motocross accident yesterday afternoon.

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 26th May 2017

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2017 Donington Park World Supersport FP2 Results: Jacobsen Leads Sofuoglu and Rea

PJ Jacobsen heads to Superpole with in the provisional pole position with the first 1'30 lap of the weekend. Kenan Sofuoglu, having set the fastest lap of the session six times before Jacobsen took it off him, was second quickest ahead of Gino Rea who put on a convincing show at his home round. Jules Cluzel was fourth quickest, but Lucas Mahias, fifth quickest, was promoted to fourth by his morning's time. 

A red flag in the middle of the session, for a crash by Zulfahmi Khairuddin, didn't cause too much of an interruption, halting proceedings by only twelve minutes.

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2017 Donington Park World Superbike FP2 Results: It's Good To Be Green

Jonathan Rea headed an all-Kawasaki provisional front row, ahead of Tom Sykes and Donington specialist Leon Haslam. Chaz Davies was fourth quickest in the session, but Marco Melandri, unable to improve on his morning's time, set a quicker time in Free Practice one and remains above his Ducati teammate. Alex Lowes, in spite of a crash at the Melbourne Loop hairpin, was sixth quickest. Roman Ramos and Eugene Laverty just missed out on Superpole Two, ending the day eleventh and twelfth quickest overall. 

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Valentino Rossi - No Further Complications, Say Yamaha

Valentino Rossi appears to have emerged from his motocross accident relatively unscathed. The Movistar Yamaha team today issued a press release with a medical update, stating that the Italian appears to have suffered slight injuries to his liver and kidneys, and that this was what was causing him pain.

Rossi is currently receiving pain relief medication, and is due to undergo further routine medical checks. If those checks go as expected, he should be released from hospital later on Friday.

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2017 Donington Park World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu Comes Out Fighting

Almost a quarter of a second quicker than second-quickest PJ Jacobsen, reigning World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu opened the weeekend quickest. Championship leader Lucas Mahias was third quickest, ahead of Kyle Smith and wildcard Joe Francis.

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2017 Donington Park WorldSBK FP1 Results: Rea leads Sykes

A very sunny opening session ended with Jonathan Rea leading his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes even though Sykes was quickest throughout most of the session. Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies were right behind their rivals with Michael van der Mark in fifth, in spite of a late crash. Wildcard Leon Haslam, current leader in the British Superbike championship, ended the session sixth quickest.

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