Nicky Hayden’s 2002 season has proven thus far to have been his most dominant year as a rider since turning pro in 1997. That year saw Hayden win the Daytona 200 which along with eight more wins helped him to capture the AMA Superbike Championship on the mighty Honda RC51 ending a three-year run by Mat Mladin. It would be his last year racing in the AMA series as 2003 saw Nicky move up to MotoGP to ride for HRC.
It’s hard to believe that Nicky started his tenth season in MotoGP earlier this week at the first pre-season test in Sepang. Hopefully the new Ducati GP12 will allow for Nicky and teammate Valentino Rossi to have a much better season than the GP11 provided for last year. Here is hoping that we’ll see the Kentucky Kid racing for podiums a lot more often in 2012.