Nicky Hayden took time out in between MotoGP rounds to visit the Isle of Man TT and experience the world-famous road race.
Hayden arrived on Tuesday evening after racing in Barcelona at the weekend and enjoyed a warm Manx welcome dinner with other VIP guests, including five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan.
On Wednesday morning Hayden experienced a closed-road parade lap of the TT course aboard a Ducati 1198.
The 2006 world champion was joined by Doohan, five-time 2010 TT winner Ian Hutchinson, MotoGP rookie Cal Crutchlow and BSB star Josh Brookes - all of whom rode the course behind a TT travelling marshal, waving at the crowds that lined the roadside as they passed by.
“That lap was pretty awesome," said Hayden. "We weren't going fast but the speed we were doing while waving at the crowds was pretty fast! I really enjoyed my lap and seeing another form of racing, these boys are hard as nails."
Following the parade lap, Hayden waved the flag to mark the start of the Monster Energy Supersport race two before heading to a private garden at Bray Hill to watch the action unfold.
Unfortunately the race was red flagged after two laps due to persistent rain at various points of the course.
"It was a real shame about the weather, but maybe I can come back another year and see some racing," said Hayden.
After an eventful day at the TT, Hayden left the Isle of Man and headed straight to Silverstone for this weekend's British MotoGP.