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Hayden's childhood dreams come true

Hayden's childhood dreams come true

Hayden's childhood dreams come true

Nicky Hayden will go to Laguna Seca desperately wanting to give his army of fans something to shout about. The 23-year-old has been edging closer to the front of the MotoGP pack in recent races, having taken two fifth places in early June before going on to take a fourth at Assen a fortnight ago to score his best result of the season.

It's a big weekend for the Hayden family, with Earl and Rose Hayden having their eldest and youngest sons racing in the AMA Supersport race on Sunday and Nicky racing at home for the first time since joining the Repsol Honda Team at the start of the 2003 season.

"Ever since I was a kid I have dreamt of riding in a GP at home and now it's nearly here and I'm stoked," said Hayden. "In fact, I can really remember the last GP here. Me and my bro took a road trip – I guess I was about 12. We snuck in, no passes or any of that stuff, and had a ball."

Hayden last raced at Laguna in 2002, the year he became the youngest rider to win the AMA Superbike series. The then 21-year-old finished second in the AMA race and a day later finished the first World Superbike race in fourth place, signalling his immanent arrival on the world stage.

"I'm so pleased that it all came together to get the race here. I know a lot of people have worked really hard to make this happen. I just hope we can put on a good show. I haven't seen the track since I was last here but hear that they've made a few changes to the kerbing and put in some big gravel areas that should make a little safer."

"There's going to a whole load of support this weekend for me and for my brothers racing in AMA – I just hope so much this is a race to remember for all the right reasons and not one to forget!"

MotoGP, 2005, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden

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