American rider has been pronounced dead after being knocked off his bike just days after racing in the World Superbike Championship in San Marino
NICKY HAYDEN has been pronounced dead after a cycling accident in Italy.
The American was knocked off his bike just days after racing in the World Superbikes in Imola, San Marino.
Here is everything you need to know as motorsport loses a legend.
Who was Nicky Hayden and where does he come from?
Nicky Hayden was born on July 31, 1981, in Owensboro, Kentucky.
He came from a racing family with both his father and his two brothers being professional riders.
His traditional racing number, 69, was chosen because it was the number his father used.
While in high school Hayden raced Honda RC45 superbikes, and on board a privateer Honda, he won the AMA Supersport championship in 1999.
In 2016 he got engaged to Jackie Marin.
What were Nicky Hayden’s biggest achievements?
After just two races with American Honda in World Superbikes, Hayden was snapped up by the Repsol Honda MotoGP team in 2003, becoming team-mate of racing legend Valentino Rossi.
His fifth place finish in his debut season earned him the Rookie of the Year award.
In 2006 he went into the last race of the world championship eight points behind Valentino Rossi, who had then moved to Yamaha, but managed to win the title after the Italian crashed in the 5th lap.
That achievement made him the only American ever to win MotoGP and the first American Grand Prix motorcycling World Champion since 1993.
Hayden was to spend 13 years with MotoGP before returning to Superbikes in 2016.
How did Nicky Hayden die?
Following a race in Imola, San Marino, Hayden was out cycling on the Rimini coast in Italy on Thursday when a car collided with his bicycle.
Hayden was taken to hospital in Cesena, where he had been on life support, before it was today announced that he had passed away.
A statement from the hospital said: “The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday 17 May in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day.”
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