Nicky Hayden celebrates one of two wins for the weekend at Road Atlanta in 2002 (Scott Bolton photo)
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.
For each of the last several years my lovely wife has given me a motorcycle ornament to hang on our Christmas tree. I soon discovered what I thought was a better place to display these cool little replicas thus motodog’s Christmas village sprang to life. Gathered this year at The Courtyard Inn (& Pub) are a group of Hallmark Harleys, Nicky Hayden’s 2006 World Championship Honda RC211V (on loan from the man cave) and a very miniature Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker.
Thanks for checking out my blog in its debut year and I hope that you will keep tuning back in as I have some things planned for 2012 that hopefully you’ll find interesting.
I hope you all get some form of cool moto swag amongst your presents and I wish each one of you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year with more miles than ever on your favorite roads, tracks or trails !!