The Kentucky Kid Turns Film Star

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 16, 2007
It seems Nicky Hayden is still riding the success of his 2006 MotoGP championship. On Friday, November 16, MTV (Music Television) will air "The Kentucky Kid," a two-hour film chronicling his championship season beginning with the final two races of that year.

It will apparently begin in high drama, as that was around the time Hayden was clipped and taken out by his young teammate, Daniel Pedrosa, at Estoril in Portugal.

The film then carries on into an unknown period during the recently-ended 2007 MotoGP season as MTV materials say, "...Nicky finds that the only thing harder than winning the Championship is defending it."

Clearly this film must have finished fairly early in the '07 season, as anyone following the GP knows all to well that Hayden struggled for the majority of this year. And we also know that "...his quest to win back to back World Championships" became a non-issue by at least the U.S. round at Laguna Seca where he DNF'd and Casey Stoner expanded his dominance of the GP. Despite three third-place finishes Hayden also retired early in three races.

Regardless of a lack-luster year, it can only serve the greater good of motorcycle racing here in America to have the affable Kentucky Kid continue to raise the profile of the sport whether by lending his gleaming smile to Tag Heuer advertisements, or through an MTV film. Does MTV actually play videos anymore?

Hayden is producer of the film.

You can find a lengthy trailer playing on Hayden's official website:

"The Kentucky Kid" is scheduled to premier Friday, November 16, 2007 10PM EST on MTV