Nicky Hayden Statue Unveiled In Owensboro, Kentucky

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We can’t think of a better way to honor the type of person Nicky Hayden was – both as a racer and a person.

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Owensboro Unveils Nicky Hayden Statue

June 9 proclaimed Nicky Hayden Day

OWENSBORO, Kentucky. (June 8, 2018) — This evening in a special ceremony, the City of Owensboro revealed a statue celebrating the life and accomplishments of the late motorcycle road racing champion Nicky Hayden, who was born and raised in the city. Held on the front lawn of the Owensboro Convention Center, the ceremony was a part of a regular summer event called Friday After 5. Attended by locals and Nicky Hayden fans from as far away as the U.K., the ceremony included a speech by Mayor Tom Watson, who proclaimed tomorrow Nicky Hayden Day, the date June 9 referencing Nicky’s racing number, 69.

“We were proud to unveil the statue today honoring Nicky,” Mayor Watson said. “He was not only a world-class motorcycle champion, he was a world-class person, and we are proud that he called Owensboro home. We know his legacy will live on forever.”

Commissioned by the city and the Hayden family (Nicky’s parents, siblings, and fiancée, as well as members of his extended family), the bronze sculpture was created by Loveland, Colorado’s George Lundeen, who was in attendance with the Haydens.

“This event and this sculpture mean a great deal to our family,” said Nicky’s older brother, Tommy. “In the year since his death, we’ve been blown away by the outpouring of support from locals and people all over the world. A number of Nicky’s fans have told me that they would like to have a destination where they can pay their respects to their hero, and this statue will serve that purpose. In addition, I hope …read more

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