In 2017 Hayden made a popular return to MotoGP as a stand-in rider for Marc VDS Honda (Aragon) and then Repsol Honda, the team with which he started his world championship career (Australia).

This year saw a much-needed new version of the Fireblade in WorldSBK, but it was far from race ready, with both Hayden and team-mate Stefan Bradl struggling to make an impression in the opening rounds.

Hayden, made an official MotoGP Legend in his final full-time Grand Prix appearance at Valencia 2015, was 13th in the World Superbike Championship and just over a month away from his 36th birthday when tragedy struck on a road in Rimini.

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It's tough to not get a little emotional reflecting back on Nicky Hayden....

He hold Philip island race record for so long (2008-2013)

A nice guy with a smile other than when Dani picked him up in Estoril.

Never whined about anyone and just enjoyed the life that he was born into. Was lucky to have ridden and raced some of the finest examples of two wheeled engineering and more importantly, there was true heartfelt loss from all the people who met him when he did leave this mortal world. 

Nothing fake about him and that was the mark he left people with