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The Questions With Nicky Hayden

Aug. 07, 2006
Aug. 07, 2006

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The Questions With Nicky Hayden

Grand Prix Motorcycling Champ

What was yourwelcome-to-pro-motorcycling moment?

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Standing on thepodium in Australia midway through my rookie year [2003]. It was a goodfeeling, seeing the huge crowd and watching them raise my flag.

Your mostembarrassing moment?

Racing inWisconsin, I jumped the start. Not by a little--I jumped way too big. I made agrade-school error and got to look like a fool on live TV.

If I weren'tracing motorcycles, I'd be ...

That's tough.I've been racing my whole life. So have my brothers. My dad did it. I triedother sports, but I didn't have a good jump shot and I couldn't hit a fastball.In school I was pretty terrible--so this has been my meal ticket. I guess I'dbe back in Owensboro, Kentucky, working at my dad's used car lot buffingcars.

If I werecommissioner for a day, I'd ...

add another racein the U.S. [to two per year]. Spain's got three races. We could have one inFlorida or Atlanta--somewhere close to home.

LAST WEEK
Hayden's July 23 victory in Los Angeles kept him in first place in the MotoGPstandings--the only U.S. rider in the top six.

THIS WEEK
Hayden, 25, will be training at home in Owensboro, in advance of the Aug. 20Czech Grand Prix.

PHOTOTOM HEVEZI/AP (HAYDEN HEAD SHOT)PHOTOTONY AVELAR/AP (HAYDEN RIDING)