- Category : 1981-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : LAX The Alpha 1
American professional motorcycle racer, nicknamed "The Kentucky Kid," who won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006.
Hayden began racing motorcycles at a young age. He began his road racing career in the CMRA before progressing to the AMA Supersport Championship and then to the AMA Superbike Championship. He won the AMA title in 2002 and was approached by the Repsol Honda team to race for them in MotoGP.
On 17 May 2017, at around 2:00 PM, Hayden was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Misano Adriatico, Italy. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and died five days later in a local hospital on the afternoon of 22 May. He was 35 years old. Hayden was posthumously inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2018.