MotoGP star Nicky Hayden with "serious brain damage" after accident

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

"Nicky Hayden's clinical condition remains extremely critical", said a statement from the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena.

The 35-year-old took part in the Italian round of the SBK series last Sunday (14 May) and was spending time in the country ahead of the next round at Donington Park in the United Kingdom on 28 May.

He had competed in the Superbike World Championship races at Imola last weekend.

Hayden was hit by a auto while cycling in Italy, and rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries.

Doctors placed the 2006 MotoGP champion into a medically induced coma, the BBC reported.

"The young man, who is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena's Bufalini Hospital, has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage".

Hayden was taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while training on his bicycle along Italy's Adriatic coast, following a weekend Superbike race at the Imola circuit. "The prognosis remains reserved".

Hayden now has his fiancé Jackie by his side as well as his brother Tommy and mother Rose, according to a report on Fox Sports MotoGP.

Nicky Hayden crash video
PHNicky Hayden crash video The Peugoet 207CC at the scene of the crash

He won the MotoGP championship in 2006 and has been competing for Team Honda in the Superbike category since previous year.

Honda said he was taken initially by ambulance to a hospital near the coastal resort of Rimini, before then being transferred to Cesena.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez tweeted a picture with Hayden and wrote: "My thoughts are with you".

Hayden popularly known as the "Kentucky Kid" won the MotoGP world championship in 2006 with the Repsol Honda team denying Valentino Rossi a sixth consecutive title.

"The most attractive thing I have about him is when he gave his hand to me after the unlucky race of Valencia 2015, on the lap of honour".

Our thoughts are with Nicky and his family during this hard time, and we wish him a full and fast recovery.

Britain's Tour de France champion Chris Froome escaped unhurt this month while having his bike written off in a hit-and-run incident near his Monaco home.

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