In tribute to the late, great Nicky Hayden, who passed away in 2017, the number 69 is to be retired from Grand Prix racing at April's US MotoGP round in Austin, Texas.

The 2006 world champion and MotoGP Legend used the #69 throughout an impressive premier-class career from 2003-2015, leaving an indelible mark on the sport and paddock.

"What a great honour it will be for Nicky's #69 to be retired at Austin,” said Hayden’s father, Earl. “It is very fitting that it will be done at the US race as these races meant so much to Nicky and he looked forward to them so much every year.

"For myself in particular this will be very special event because the #69 was my number when I raced and I was very proud to see Nicky run the #69 on his bikes for his entire career.

"On behalf of my entire family I would like to say a special thanks to Dorna for honoring Nicky in this special way along with the many other gestures they have done to support us through the difficult times."

"I'm proud to announce that the number 69 will be retired from Grand Prix racing," said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. "Nicky Hayden was one of the biggest assets to this paddock and a fantastic example as a rider both on track and off.

"It gives me great pleasure to honour his legacy once again and ensure the number 69 remains synonymous with a legend and a champion."

Other numbers to have been retired from MotoGP are the #34 (Kevin Schwantz), #58 (Marco Simoncelli), #65 (Loris Capirossi) and #74 (Daijiro Kato). The #48 (Shoya Tomizawa) has also been retired from Moto2.

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