US racer Hayden still in "extremely critical" condition

Posted May 20, 2017

The hospital confirmed on Thursday that Hayden suffered "a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage". A city police officer inspects the area where American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden was hit by a vehicle while training on his bicycle, in Rimini, Italy, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment.

The American rider, who now races in the World Suberbike Series, was cycling along the Rimini coastline when he collided with a auto and suffered serious head and chest injuries and has reportedly been place in an induced coma at the Bufalini hospital in Cesena.

The American 2006 MotoGP champion and WSBK racer from Owensboro, Kentucky sustained grave injuries from the collision and has been put into a medically-induced coma.

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His brother Tomy and mother, Rouz, immediately flew over from the United States and went to the hospital to join their closest relative. He was over there to race in the World Superbike championship on Sunday. "He is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and the prognosis stays reserved". He is 13th in this season's Superbike standings.

"After a few years we fought for the title down to the last race in Valencia and, unfortunately for me, he won and became MotoGP world champion". In the MotoGP, he ran 218 Grand Prix races with three wins and 28 podium places.

Italian great Valentino Rossi, who leads the championship and is racing in France this weekend, hailed his former team mate as "one of the best friends I have had in the paddock". We will post more updates as they come.

The dangers of training on public roads have been highlighted in recent weeks by other accidents affecting professional athletes.