Nicky Hayden Wins

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Today, a picture-perfect story was told about a man chasing his dream. Oakley’s Nicky Hayden won his first MotoGP of his career – and at home in the good old USA.

The weekend belonged to Nicky Hayden. The Oakley rider earned pole position Saturday afternoon, stormed to the lead in the first corner and never made a mistake to victory. Hayden led this one from pole position to the checkered flag and kept the lead at roughly two seconds the entire race.

In addition to being Hayden’s first-ever victory, it also ended a podium drought for the young American as he last finished in the top three almost a year ago in the German Grand Prix. Hayden is the first American to win a GP since 2000.

With a three-day crowd attendance announced at 153,653, Laguna Seca was a happy place when "Tricky Nicky" stopped to pick his father Earl up and take him on the victory lap. After the lap, Hayden made his way to the podium.

Results:

  • Nicky Hayden (Honda)
  • Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
  • Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
  • Max Biaggi (Honda)
  • Sete Gibernau (Honda)
  • Troy Bayliss (Honda)
  • Makoto Tamada (Honda)
  • John Hopkins (Suzuki)
  • Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki)
  • Loris Capirossi (Ducati)

Author

Staff Writer

Date

July 10, 2005

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