BP's main man gets his leg over
Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden scored a victory among a very select group of world-class competitors on Wednesday morning. But instead of Sete Gibernau and Valentino Rossi, Hayden beat out a football player and a singer.
The 23-year-old Kentuckian was chosen over the others on a re-staged version of "The Dating Game," a classic American game show that pits three men against each other for the heart of a woman. The game was staged outdoors on the Rockefeller Plaza set of the "Today" show.
PEOPLE Magazine was responsible for Hayden being on the show. The 23-year-old Kentuckian was chosen as one of the 50 Hottest Bachelors of
2005 in the June 27 issue.
"Now that I'm in PEOPLE magazine I hope these women start answering the phone when I call," Hayden joked.
Sarah Hostetter, 25, of Seattle, Washington, chose Hayden over the other two after asking each a series of questions. The first was what each looked for in a woman. "A girl I can connect with. I've got to be on the same page with a girl," Hayden said. As for the perfect woman, Hayden said, "A girl who's cool. Someone, like I said, on the same page, reminds me of my mom."
The second question was easier for Hayden to answer. "Whether in a car or on a bike what's the fastest you've ever gone?" she asked the MotoGP star. "I'm your man," he answered with a smile. "I get paid to go fast. I was kind of hoping I could sing for you. I've gone 215, 218 mph top speed, so pretty fast."
Asked to choose among the three, Hostetter said, "I really like a man who can sing and I love athletes, and I don't know if my mom's going to be too happy about this, but I love a man who can ride fast."
"I finally won something this year!" Hayden said. "It's kind of nice. I don't mind doing this stuff, but I really want to win races. It's definitely good for the sponsors. It seems to be getting a lot of interest for the USGP which is important for everybody." Hayden added: I didn't really realize how big this show was until my phone started ringing afterwards. It's cool to get picked."
As soon as his segment was finished, text messages started showing up on his mobile phone. "I'm sure I'm going to catch a lot of heat from my boys back home," he said. "Already got some text messages saying, 'I've falling hard.' And 'Is this the one? Am I bringing her home for Christmas?' I'm sure I'll get a little bit of heat on it. But it's all good fun."
Hayden was in New York for a whirlwind day of media appearances between two races. The Repsol Honda team tested on Monday in Montmelo, a day after Hayden finished fifth in the Grand Prix of Catalunya. On Tuesday he flew to New York and prepared for today's excitement, while finding time to go for a run in Central Park. Then he was at it early on Wednesday morning, signing autographs for fans on the "Today" show and posing for photos on a Honda CBR-1000RR painted in the colours of Hayden's RC211V.
Is it weird in here, or is it just me?