IT HAS been two years since racing legend Nicky Hayden passed away but whilst he may be gone, the 'Kentucky Kid' is most certainly never forgotten... 

From world titles and race wins on track to his friendly, likeable personality off it, Nicky Hayden's tragically curtailed career nonetheless brought numerous memories that have assured his legend will live on. Here we look through some of his best...

Nicky Hayden was born into a family of dirt track racers in Owensboro, Kentucky on July 30, 1981.

Both his father, Earl, and mother, Rose, had raced: Earl achieved some good results in mid-level competitions while Rose dominated the so-called women's 'Powder Puff' class for a good five seasons.

Their five children - in age order Tommy, Jennifer, Nicky, Roger and Kathleen - all learned to ride almost before they could walk and, although the girls later chose to pursue different careers, the boys all became successful professional racers.

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