As we gear up for the UK round of the World Superbike championship, we keep Nicky Hayden in our thoughts. The Honda WSBK team have also vowed to keep the popular American in their thoughts throughout the difficult weekend, and will be celebrating his life through the thing he loved to do the most.
Nicky’s SP2 Fireblade will be on display throughout the weekend in their pit box alongside Stefan Bradl‘s. There will also be a book of condolence set up where fans can write their messages and share their thoughts, and a one minutes silence on the grid at 2pm local time on Saturday.
Bradl hasn’t raced at Donington since 2009 when he was contesting the 125cc World Championship, which was also the final year that Donington held a Grand Prix event. He must quickly learn the circuit on a much more powerful 1000cc bike.
“This weekend is going to be very difficult for everybody,” said Bradl. “Nicky was a racer, was born and raised into a racing family and all his life was about enjoying racing, so we will be here to keep his passion alive and pay tribute to him the best possible way.
“Donington is a track I know from my time in the 125cc World Championship, and I have raced here twice already. As I said it won’t be an easy round, but we will do our best in his name.”