Monday, October 30, 2006

Nicky Hayden wins MotoGP World Championship!

This past Sunday, Nicky Hayden became the first U.S. rider since 2000 to win the world MotoGP championships. It was probably the most exciting season ever, with the championship up for grabs between several riders on the very last race. The closest contender, Valentino Rossi, crashed a few laps into this race and never climbed back close enough to challenge.

The year was full of surprises and heartbreak--Rossi's bike blew up twice (once at Laguna Seca, right in front of us on the front straight, and once earlier in the year...on the last lap, while leading the race)...Nicky's teammate, Dani Pedrosa, crashed a couple of races ago, taking Nicky out of the race as well.

Congrats to the Kentucky Kid!

(The photo above is one I took at Laguna Seca after Nicky's win there this past July.)

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