The 34-year-old American will be inducted as the 22nd MotoGP Legend at a ceremony at Valencia following the final round of the 2015 MotoGP season.
Joining the likes of Mick Doohan, Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts and Casey Stoner, Hayden will be inducted after his final MotoGP race at Valencia, the same venue where he secured the 2006 MotoGP world title against Valentino Rossi. That title ended Rossi's streak of 5 consecutive titles from 2001 to 2005. The popular American will leave the category after 216 Grand Prix appearances.
Hayden is leaving MotoGP to compete for the Honda team in World Superbikes in 2016, and leaves after 216 GP appearances. That premier class record includes 28 podiums, 5 pole positions, 7 fastest laps, but surprisingly, only 3 race wins (at time of writing AFTER the Australian MotoGP).
The MotoGP Legends include Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees and Carlo Ubbiali.
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