Nicky Hayden Named AMA Speedvision Pro Athlete of the Year
15 December 1999
Honda's 18-year old roadracing phenom, Nicky Hayden, was named the 1999 AMA Speedvision Pro Athlete of the Year at the American Motorcyclist Association's awards banquet in Las Vegas last weekend. At 18 years of age, Hayden had an outstanding 1999 season. Winning his first AMA title in the Honda Pro Oils 600 Supersport Roadrace Championship, Hayden also finished second in the Formula Extreme Championship to his teammate, Erion Racing's Kurtis Roberts. Hayden won the AMA Grand National Dirt Track Rookie of the Year award earlier this year (finishing 9th in that series while competing in only 12 of the 18 rounds), and enjoyed his first Superbike podium finish at the AMA's last Superbike National held in Fountain, Colorado on September 19. Nicky Hayden will enjoy a full-time Superbike ride next year with the Honda Road Racing Team in the AMA's 2000 series. He will also compete again in the 600 Supersport series aboard a Honda CBR600F4. Hayden and teammate Miguel Duhamel will pilot Honda's RC51 V-twin Superbike during its inaugural AMA Superbike season in 2000.