Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
IT&Software | By Jimmie Castillo

Motorcycling-Hayden in intensive care in Italy after cycling accident

Motorcycling-Hayden in intensive care in Italy after cycling accident

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has been hospitalised on Thursday after colliding with a auto.

Hayden, 35, was hit by a auto while riding a bicycle near the beach town of Riccione on Wednesday, three days after racing in Italy's Imola track for the Superbike World Championship.

Hayden's fiancee Jackie and team members had been joined at his bedside by brother Tommy and mother Rose, who flew in from the United States.

A morning bulletin from the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena where Hayden has been taken confirmed he remained in intensive care and that there had been no change in his condition.

Nicky Hayden's medical condition was called "extremely critical" by the hospital in Italy where he was taken after he was hit by a vehicle while bicycle training Wednesday.

Polytrauma is a medical term which means that a person has suffered multiple traumas to the body.

"He is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and the prognosis stays reserved".

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Valentino Rossi said: "It's a great shame because Nicky is a great rider for sure, a great talent, a world champion and always at the top, but especially a very good guy".

He won three races in a career from 2003-2015, before switching to Superbike full-time, although he made two starts in MotoGP past year to fill in for injured Honda rider Jack Miller.

Hayden, who has also raced for Ducati, won the MotoGP world championship for the Repsol Honda team in 2006. After the race we shook hands and hugged.

"Come on Nicky, we're all with you", added the 38-year-old. He started 216 races between 2003 and 2015, winning three.

The "Kentucky Kid" won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006 and was competing in the World Superbike championship this year.

The dangers of training on public roads have been highlighted in recent weeks by other accidents affecting professional athletes, according to the Reuters report.

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