Press release | December 29, 2021
Progressive American Flat Track offers its condolences to the family and friends of Earl Hayden, Patriarch of the legendary Hayden family, who passed away today following a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.
This is an American Flat Track press release from December 29, 2021 …
The news will be deeply felt in the two-wheeler racing community. Hayden was a universally beloved figure whose presence graced dirt tracks and road racing paddocks across the world for decades.
Track rider for twenty years, Hayden himself wielded the # 69 before it became synonymous with his late son (and 2006 MotoGP world champion) Nicky. The story of his origins (Earl claimed he had to choose a number that read the same whether standing or upside down) remains an everlasting reminder of Earl’s legendary sense of humor.
As a father, Earl fostered an environment which produced three of the most successful and popular motorcycle racers of the previous generation. In addition to Nicky’s crowning glory on the world stage, he and his brothers, Tommy and Roger, were each WADA National Road Racing Champions. Plus, all three were top level dirt trackers; Nicky and Tommy claimed Grand National Champion First Class race victories, and Roger joined them on the podium in Hayden’s historic sweep to the podium at the 2002 Springfield TT.
There was a direct line connecting their success combined with the incredible support and many sacrifices of Earl and his wife, Rose, who together moved mountains with regularity to ensure their children had every possible chance to maximize their success. potential.
Rather than running out, this well of generosity spread beyond his immediate family, as Hayden has served as a mentor and supporter to countless other aspiring runners, especially those in the Owensboro area. , in Kentucky.
He is survived by his wife Rose, his sons Tommy and Roger, his daughters Jenny and Kathleen and his grandchildren. Nicky was predeceased in death following a tragic bicycle accident in 2017.
Earl’s good nature, gritty voice and easy smile will be sorely missed.