Formula One's teams and drivers have paid tribute to the 2006 MotoGP champion, Nicky Hayden, who died Monday from injuries sustained in a crash while cycling.
The American was hit by a car while riding in Italy last Wednesday and was rushed to a local hospital with severe head and chest trauma, as well as several fractures. He was then transferred to the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where he succumbed to his injuries five days later.
Drivers and teams from up and down the paddock passed on their condolences to the 35-year-old's family and friends on social media:
Dear Nicky, you will be missed. May God hold you high, you are forever in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/QSGH1xusWU— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 22, 2017
Once a Champion, always a Champion.— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 22, 2017
Godspeed Nicky. pic.twitter.com/1GE1iYocXM
Nicky Hayden 1981-2017. We all will miss you pic.twitter.com/k0uyowmv9Z— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 22, 2017
RIP Nicky Hayden 😭— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) May 22, 2017
Hayden, nicknamed 'The Kentucky Kid', took three victories -- two of which came in his title-winning season -- during his MotoGP career which spanned 14 years. He most recently competed for Red Bull Honda in the 2017 World Superbike Championship, as he targeted becoming the first rider to win titles in both MotoGP and World Superbikes.