Thomas ‘Earl’ Hayden, father of the late rider Nicky Hayden, passed away yesterday in his hometown of Owensboro after having battled cancer for years.
Always very private, Thomas Hayden was part of a racing family and was one of the people who was there when Nicky Hayden fought to the end of the memorable 2006 MotoGP season. Even then, when Dani Pedrosa and Hayden crashed in Estoril, Thomas Hayden kept out of the spotlight and didn’t comment on what had happened.
Now 74 years old, Thomas ‘Earl’ Hayden has lost his life after he was recently discharged from hospital to spend this Christmas with his family.
Motorcycle Sports sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.