News 11 May 2018

Hayden remembered in ‘Million Dollar Smile’ exhibition

Imola circuit pays tribute to late American on WorldSBK weekend.

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MotoGP Legend and 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden has been remembered with a ‘Million Dollar Smile’ exhibition at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo d Dino Ferrari di Imola in Italy.

Launched on the eve of this weekend’s Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) round, members of the paddock and fans gathered at the Imola circuit to view the exhibition for the first time.

A permanent feature across this weekend and through the next month, the Million Dollar Smile tribute captures the essence of Hayden’s charisma and charm, to be on display until 10 June.

It’s also been announced this week that Hayden’s hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky, will unveil a bronze statue honouring the late American, who tragically lost his life in a cycling incident last May. The work recreates the popular racer’s celebratory lap of Monterey, California’s Laguna Seca Raceway following his championship-year victory there.

During the unveiling on 8 June at the Owensboro Convention Center, Mayor Tom Watson will read a proclamation declaring the following day (June 9 or 6/9), Nicky Hayden Day, referencing Hayden’s racing number of 69.