Nicky Hayden’s family have announced the unveiling of a sculpture honouring the ‘Kentucky Kid’ and MotoGP champ in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. Created by George Lundeen, the bronze statue was commissioned in partnership with the city to remember the 2006 MotoGP World Champion, who tragically passed away in May 2017.
The sculpture recreates his celebratory lap of Laguna Seca on top of his bike, and will feature a real American flag. The sculpture will be unveiled on June 8, with the following day proclaimed to be Nicky Hayden day (June 9 or 6/9).
“Nicky left us just under a year ago, and we still miss him every day,” said Tommy Hayden, Nicky’s older brother. “We appreciate the support that his fans have given our family during the past 12 months, and we look forward to seeing many of them as we unveil this beautiful tribute to Nicky. We would like to thank the City of Owensboro for their support on this project. Nicky loved this city and took great pride in representing it in a positive way, so it’s appropriate that he’ll be memorialized here.”
“It is with great pride that we as a community have the opportunity to continue ‘The Kentucky Kid’s’ legacy in his hometown,” Mayor Tom Watson said. “We will have a lasting memorial to commemorate his accomplishments to not only OBKY (Owensboro, Kentucky) but to the world. I want to thank the Hayden family for allowing us to partner with them on this truly eventful day.”