- Former MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden has “Serious Cerebral Camage” after cycling accident
- Former MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden was involved in a training accident whilst cycling in Italy on May 17. He was hit by a car whilst out cycling along the Rimini coast.
Emergency services were immediately called to the scene and Hayden was transported to local hospital. He was later transferred to the Bufalini hospital in Cesena.
He has suffered serious trauma with severe brain damage as a consequence and has been placed in an induced coma, according to reports.
His mother, Rose, and brother Tommy have joined his fiancee Jackie at his hospital bedside.
Recently, the 35-year-old American has been spending some time following the recent Motul Italian Round of WorldSBK in Italy.
The hospital announced, “[Hayden] is still in the intensive care unit ... [and] has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage."
Hayden’s team issued a statement on Thursday;
"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."
More updates will come as soon as they are announced.
- Former team-mate Valentino Rossi said;
"It is 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 comes from a good family of racers, his fathers and brothers, is always smiling. It's very bad. The situation is very difficult but we all hope for the best."
Rossi was Hayden's first MotoGP team-mate in 2003 at Honda, and the pair were later reunited at Ducati in 2011 and 2012.
Nicky Hayden and Marc Marquez teamed up with together at October's Australian Grand Prix when the American stood-in for the injured Dani Pedrosa.
Marc Marquez first met him in his rookie 125cc grand prix season, when the #69 was a full-time rider at Repsol Honda.
Marc Marquez said;
"I've known Nicky since 2008, I arrived in the Repsol KTM team in 125 and he was a really nice guy to me," said the reigning triple MotoGP champion. In Australia last year we spent a lot of time together. It was really nice, especially we did an incredible party on the Sunday! We enjoyed it a lot. I remember he was going to sleep but then he stayed until 6am! Like Valentino said, it's really sad. Because it's something you never expect. You take big risks every weekend on the motorbike and then something unexpected like that can happen. I wish the best for him and all his family."
- source : BBC