Nicky Hayden in 'extremely serious' condition with severe brain damage
19 May, 2017, 19:05
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has suffered severe brain damage and his condition is "extremely critical" after being hit by a auto while cycling in eastern Italy, the American's Honda World Superbike team said.
Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has released a statement about Nicky Hayden, who was involved in an incident while cycling near Rimini, Italy on Wednesday, May 17.
Meanwhile Valentino Rossi, who was beaten to the 2006 MotoGP world title by Hayden in dramatic circumstances, posted an emotional tribute to the American.
"The American, who remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care unit in the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, has suffered serious trauma with severe brain damage as a effect", the statement reads.
Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital near Rimini before being transfered to the facility in Cesana.
Honda quoted Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini hospital as saying the 35-year-old had "a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage". "The prognosis remains reserved".
United States Honda rider Nicky Hayden celebrates after winning the world Moto GP championship at the Cheste racetrack near Valencia, Spain.
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has been hospitalised on Thursday after colliding with a vehicle.
He was joined by his fiancée Jackie along with his brother Tommy and mother Rose, at the hospital. Paramedics stabilized him on site, and then he was taken to the nearest hospital with the highest gravity code.
"The most attractive moment I have about Nicky is when he shakes my hand after an unpleasant race at Valencia 2015". [The] supporting look inside his helmet is one of the few positive memories I have of that day.
Three-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez wrote on Titter: "My thoughts are with you".