Jorge Lorenzo has said that Nicky Hayden was loved by everyone in the paddock, leaving him in shock at his death.
The three-time MotoGP World Champion won his first World Championship in 2006, the year Hayden won his MotoGP World Championship with the Repsol Honda team. Lorenzo then went on to compete against Hayden on track for eight years.
“It’s very sad news. We knew that the situation was very complicated but when things happen like that, it leaves you in shock all the same,” said the 30-year-old when asked this afternoon whilst testing the Desmosedici in a private test in Barcelona.
“I wish to convey my deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was loved by everyone in the paddock, very cheerful, with a lot of energy and good vibes.”
Lorenzo has now joined Ducati where Hayden spent five years before moving back to Honda. Lorenzo said that the news of Hayden’s passing has hit everybody at Ducati extremely hard.
“He was always a such positive person, who was always smiling. He never had problems with any rider or anyone in the paddock. All the people who knew him at Ducati were touched, as is the whole MotoGP family.”
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) May 22, 2017
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