Hayden was hurt when his bicycle collided with a car a few days after competing in the Superbike World Championship race in Imola last weekend
FORMER MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden remains in intensive care in an Italian hospital after being injured in a road accident on Wednesday.
Hayden, currently racing for Red Bull Honda World Superbike outfit, was severely hurt while riding along the Rimini coastline when his bicycle collided with a car.
The incident happened just days after the 35-year-old was competing at Imola last weekend, and was taken to a local hospital, before being transferred to Bufalini hospital.
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According to reports, Hayden suffered head and chest injuries in the accident and has been placed in an induced coma.
His mother, Rose, and brother Tommy have joined his fiancee Jackie at his hospital bedside.
A hospital statement read:”Hayden is still in the intensive care unit … [and] has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage and the prognosis remains reserved.”
Hayden’s team issued a statement on Thursday, which read:“Nicky Hayden was involved in an incident while cycling near Rimini, Italy yesterday afternoon.
“Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment.
“Once Nicky’s condition was stabilised, he was transferred to Maurizio Bufalini hospital in Cesena and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Members of Nicky’s team and his fiancee are with him in the hospital.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages of support and the assistance of emergency and medical services.
“Once an official statement regarding Nicky’s condition is released by the hospital or Nicky’s family, a further update from the team will be issued.”
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Valentino Rossi, who Hayden pipped for the 2006 MotoGP world title, was among the many riders who sent their best wishes via social media.
Nicky è uno dei migliori amici che ho avuto nel paddock.siamo stati compagni di squadra con la Honda nel suo anno da rookie,il 2003,quando era un giovane debuttante alla prima esperienza europea.quella stagione si chiuse con il mondiale per me e con il suo primo podio a Phillip Island.dopo qualche anno abbiamo lottato uno contro l’altro per il mondiale 2006 fino all’ultima gara e alla fine,purtroppo per me,mi ha battuto ed è diventato il campione del mondo della MotoGP.dopo la gara ci siamo dati la mano e ci siamo abbracciati.in seguito siamo stati ancora compagni di squadra nei difficili anni della Ducati,quando parecchie volte abbiamo lottato all’ultimo sangue,magari per conquistare l’ultimo posto nella top five.Nicky veniva spesso al Ranch,dove era sempre uno spettacolo vederlo e cercare di carpire qualche segreto battagliandoci insieme,perché lui è uno dei più veloci flattisti del mondo e prima di passare all’asfalto ha vinto le più importanti gare di Flat Track americano come il Peoria TT. Il più bel ricordo che ho di lui però è quando è venuto a darmi la mano dopo la sfortunata gara di Valencia 2015,durante il giro d’onore.per lui era l’addio alla MotoGP,io avevo appena perso il mondiale.il suo sguardo di supporto dentro il casco è uno dei pochi ricordi positivi che ho di quel giorno.Forza Nicky,siamo tutti con te.
Rossi wrote on his Instagram account: “Nicky is one of the best friends I’ve ever had in the paddock.
“The most beautiful 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.
“For him it was his farewell to MotoGP, I had just lost the world Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has suffered ‘serious cerebral damage’ after cycling accident, for Nicky, we’re all with you.”
Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez tweeted a picture with Hayden and wrote: “My thoughts are with you.”