Nicky Hayden tragically passed away aged 35
Four bikes from Hayden's career will lead a tribute to the 2006 MotoGP champion before the action gets underway.
Hayden died in hospital in Italy last Monday – five days after being knocked off his bike while cycling along the Rimini coastline.
His funeral will be held at 6pm on Monday and is being streamed on his Facebook page.
A MotoGP statement read: “The paddock will not only be racing for 25 points in the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, they will be racing with more than winning on their minds.
“Following the tragic loss of MotoGP Legend Nicky Hayden ahead of the event, this weekend MotoGP is racing for Nicky.
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Nicky Hayden has died after being involved in a road accident while cycling in Italy
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World Superbike champion Nicky Hayden has died after a tragic accident, aged 35
“The work ethic, passion and commitment to racing that took Hayden from Kentucky to the MotoGP World Championship will be the goal of every rider on every grid this weekend, to celebrate the life of one of the finest figures ever to walk the paddock and grace the racetracks of the Championship.
“One of Hayden’s catchphrases was ‘Let’s Get It’, and that’s what MotoGP™ will be there to do.”
Who was Nicky Hayden?
Hayden was a 35-year-old motorbike rider whose nickname was The Kentucky Kid.
His career high came in 2006 when he won his only MotoGP championship.
In the process he prevented Valentino Rossi from winning a sixth successive title.
Hayden was born in Owensboro in Kentucky and his talent was there for all to see early on.
At the age of just 17, he was racing factory Honda RC45 Sperbikes while still at school. It proved to be the first glimpse of his enormous talent.
He started his MotoGP career with Honda in 2003 immediately after winning the AMA Superbike championship. It was there, in his fourth year in 2006, that he won the title ahead of Valentino Rossi.
Hayden stayed for a couple more years before moving to Ducati in 2009 – and then back to Honda in 2014.
In 2016, he returned to the Superbike World Championship with the Ten Kate Racing-run Honda squad, now known as the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team.