ROME – Former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden was in serious condition after sustaining serious injuries while out riding a bicycle in northeast Italy on Wednesday, his team and MotoGP said on their official Twitter accounts.
Hayden, 35, was out riding with friends on roads near Rimini, on the Adriatic Coast, when a collision occurred between a car and his bicycle.
“Thank you to all Nicky’s fans for your support after his accident,” Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team said. “He’s receiving medical attention in Italy, and we must now be patient.”
The team gave a clue as to the urgency of the situation by saying the medical teams were having to work hard, and that it would provide updates on Hayden’s condition as soon as they were available.
Media reports said that the impact Hayden suffered was so strong that he flew over the front part of the car and broke its windscreen.
“Fingers crossed for @NickyHayden! #GoNicky,” MotoGP said.
“Following a cycling incident this afternoon, we are sending our best wishes to @NickyHayden,” the official Twitter of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship said. “Get well soon, Nicky!” it added.
The 2006 MotoGP Champion and current Honda World Superbike team rider was taken to Rimini hospital having sustained serious injuries, local media reported.
He reportedly suffered severe head and chest trauma.
Hayden, who was born in Kentucky, competed worldwide in the MotoGP championship from 2003 to 2015 aboard Ducati and Honda motorbikes and was considered one of the sport’s outstanding riders.
His World Champion crown came after he out-pointed Valentino Rossi in 2006 riding for Honda.
Hayden is currently in 13th-place in the Superbikes standings, having won in Malaysia with his Honda.