Nicky Hayden, the motorcycle racer from Owensboro, is back on top after riding a wet track to end a dry spell.
Hayden led every lap in picking up his first victory on the World Superbike circuit Sunday at Sepang, Malaysia. The win was the first for Hayden since 2006, which came on the MotoGP tour where he spent 13 seasons before switching to Superbike this year.
“It’s been a long time since my last win unfortunately,” Hayden told Crash.net after the race. “I wish it wasn’t so long but that’s the reality. My first GP win was something special, but this feels great. I’ve had a couple of dry years, but I never stopped trying.”
Hayden, 34, became known as the “Kentucky Kid” after quickly becoming a star at age 21 on the MotoGP circuit. Through six of 13 races this season, Hayden is in sixth place in the World Superbike standings.
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Hayden is attempting to become the first rider to win titles in the AMA, Superbike, MotoGP and World Superbike circuits, which represent the top tier of road racing.