American Superbike star Nicky Hayden hit by a car while training on his bicycle in Italy

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The World Championship says the incident involving former Moto GP champ occurred along the Rimini coast

AMERICAN Superbike star Nicky Hayden has been hit by a car while training on his bicycle.

The World Championship says the incident occurred today along the Rimini coast.

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The car’s windscreen was badly damaged in the incident

Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, was transported to a local hospital for treatment.


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Reports have suggested he suffered severe head and chest trauma – and remains in serious condition.

Images from the scene of the crash show a black Peugeot 206 convertible with a badly damaged windscreen.

And Hayden’s bike was clearly thrown off the road into a grass verge, with the frame apparently snapped.

Hayden's bicycle was thrown into a grass verge

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Hayden’s bicycle was thrown into a grass verge

Nick Hayden was taken to hospital where it is believed he is in a serious condition

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Nick Hayden was taken to hospital where it is believed he is in serious condition

Nicky Hayden was injured while out training in Italy

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Nicky Hayden was injured while out training in Italy


Police inspect the scene of the crash on the Rimini coast

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Police inspect the scene of the crash on the Rimini coast

Nicky Hayden won the 2006 MotoGP championship

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Nicky Hayden won the 2006 MotoGP championship

The 35-year-old won the MotoGP title in 2006 – pipping legend Valentino Rossi.

Hayden has focused on World Superbikes for the past two years and is 13th in this season’s standings.

He finished fifth last year – taking his team’s only victory of the campaign in Malaysia.



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