FORMER MOTO GP champion and current Honda World Superbike factory rider Nicky Hayden is in serious condition, having sustained injuries in a road accident in Italy.
Reports from Italy are stating that 2006 Moto GP champion motorcycle racer has suffered dramatic injuries in a collision with a Peugeot in Rimini.
According to onlookers, 36-year-old Hayden – who is a keen cyclist – was riding with a group of fourteen others when the incident took place. It has been reported that he was involved in a direct collision with the car, and that the collision saw Hayden thrown over the bonnet and into the windscreen.
Ambulances and medics on site treated the injury as life-threatening and soon after he was transferred to a hospital in Rimini where he was treated for severe chest and head trauma.
At 18:00 some four hours after the accident, Rimini hospital staff announced that he’d been moved to the major trauma unit in Cesena for possible surgery, with his condition at the time being referred to as ‘critical’.
US-based motorcycling website Asphalt & Rubber have given out unconfirmed reports that Hayden has received surgery and is now in a ‘medically induced coma’, a state in which he’s likely to remain for the next 24 hours.
The Police Commander of the district, Pierpaolo Marullo, has announced some details of the incident,
“At 16:50, three hours after the accident, my men continue to gather evidence for the case, which we consider to be serious.”
“When the officers arrived at the scene, the wounded man was still at the edge of the road, being stabilised by medical teams. He was then transferred to the Red Cross Hospital of Infermi di Rimini”.
“Our first study of the facts would appear to show that the blow has occurred with the right front tyre of the car and that the cyclist involved was separate from the group at the time of the collision.”
A native of Kentucky, Hayden was a MotoGP world championship mainstay between 2003 and 2015, having raced for the Honda and Ducati factory teams, as well as then-Honda privateer outfit Aspar.
He famously pipped Valentino Rossi to the 2006 MotoGP crown and scored a total of three premier class wins – all with Honda.
Although he featured in MotoGP as recently as last year, subbing for Jack Miller at Marc VDS Honda and for Dani Pedrosa at the factory Honda team, Hayden has focused on World Superbikes for the past two campaigns.
He finished fifth in Superbikes last year, securing Honda’s only win of the season in Malaysia, and currently sits 13th in the 2017 standings.
A tweet from his Honda World Superbikes Team, @HondaWSBK, read:
‘The medical teams are working hard, and we will provide updates as soon as they are available.’