Nicky Hayden: An outstanding career in pictures

Motorsport.com looks back on the career of 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden following the tragic news of the popular American racer's passing on Monday after a cycling accident.

Nicky Hayden: An outstanding career in pictures
2002: AMA Superbikes champion
2002: AMA Superbikes champion
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2002: AMA Superbikes champion
2002: AMA Superbikes champion
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2002: World Superbike wildcard at Laguna Seca
2002: World Superbike wildcard at Laguna Seca
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2003: MotoGP debut at Suzuka
2003: MotoGP debut at Suzuka
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2003: First season in MotoGP
2003: First season in MotoGP
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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2003: Podium finish at Phillip Island
2003: Podium finish at Phillip Island
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2004: Sophomore season in MotoGP
2004: Sophomore season in MotoGP
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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2004: Podium at Rio de Janeiro
2004: Podium at Rio de Janeiro
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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2005: First victory at Laguna Seca
2005: First victory at Laguna Seca
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Photo by: Repsol Media

2005: First victory at Laguna Seca
2005: First victory at Laguna Seca
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Photo by: Gauloises Fortuna Racing

2006: Becoming Honda's number one rider
2006: Becoming Honda's number one rider
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Photo by: Repsol Media

2006: Title showdown at Valencia
2006: Title showdown at Valencia
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Photo by: Repsol Media

2006: Title showdown at Valencia
2006: Title showdown at Valencia
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Photo by: Repsol Media

2006: Hayden crowned champion
2006: Hayden crowned champion
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Photo by: Repsol Media

2006: Hayden crowned champion
2006: Hayden crowned champion
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Photo by: Repsol Media

2007: Carrying the #1 plate
2007: Carrying the #1 plate
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Photo by: Honda

2007: Tough title defence after switch to 800cc
2007: Tough title defence after switch to 800cc
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Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

2008: Back on the podium at Indianapolis
2008: Back on the podium at Indianapolis
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Photo by: Jim Haines

2008: Hayden's final race as a full-time Repsol Honda rider
2008: Hayden's final race as a full-time Repsol Honda rider
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Photo by: Red Bull GmbH and GEPA pictures GmbH

2009: Hayden joins Casey Stoner at Ducati
2009: Hayden joins Casey Stoner at Ducati
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Photo by: Ducati Corse

2009: Ducati debut at Qatar
2009: Ducati debut at Qatar
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Photo by: Ducati Corse

2009: First podium for Ducati at Indianapolis
2009: First podium for Ducati at Indianapolis
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Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

2010: Second season as a Ducati rider
2010: Second season as a Ducati rider
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Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

2011: Re-united with Valentino Rossi at Ducati
2011: Re-united with Valentino Rossi at Ducati
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Photo by: Ducati Corse

2011: Hayden and Rossi split by seven points
2011: Hayden and Rossi split by seven points
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Photo by: Ducati Corse

2012: First season with no podium finishes
2012: First season with no podium finishes
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Photo by: Ducati Corse

2013: Final season as a Ducati rider
2013: Final season as a Ducati rider
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Photo by: Ducati Corse

2014: Switch to Aspar Honda
2014: Switch to Aspar Honda
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Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

2014: Switch to Aspar Honda
2014: Switch to Aspar Honda
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Photo by: Keith Rizzo/www.rmiworldwide.com

2015: Final season in MotoGP
2015: Final season in MotoGP
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Photo by: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

2016: Switch to World Superbikes with Honda
2016: Switch to World Superbikes with Honda
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2016: Switch to World Superbikes with Honda
2016: Switch to World Superbikes with Honda
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2016: First World Superbike win with Honda
2016: First World Superbike win with Honda
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Photo by: Honda

2016: Suzuka 8 Hours appearance with Honda
2016: Suzuka 8 Hours appearance with Honda
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Photo by: Hidenobu Takeuchi

2016: MotoGP return as stand-in for Jack Miller
2016: MotoGP return as stand-in for Jack Miller
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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2016: MotoGP return as stand-in for Jack Miller
2016: MotoGP return as stand-in for Jack Miller
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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2016: Repsol Honda return as stand-in for Dani Pedrosa
2016: Repsol Honda return as stand-in for Dani Pedrosa
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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2017: Launch of the all-new Honda Fireblade
2017: Launch of the all-new Honda Fireblade
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Photo by: Honda Racing

2017: Final race weekend at Imola
2017: Final race weekend at Imola
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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Rest In Peace, Nicky
Rest In Peace, Nicky
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Photo by: Honda Racing

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