18 May, 2017
American MotoGP rider and past series champion Nicky Hayden is reportedly in serious condition in an Italian hospital after being injured in a car-bike accident in Italy on Wednesday.
Nicky Hayden was the 2006 World Champion with Honda, beating Sprint Valentino Rossi.
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"Following the incident, emergency services were called to the scene and Hayden was transported to the local hospital. For Nicky, we're all with you".
Hayden was in Italy for the series' race weekend at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, and he was now training on a bicycle when a Peugeot CC slammed into him.
Hayden, 35, was cycling with friends on a road close to Rimini on Wednesday when a road vehicle collided with his bicycle, the American ending up on the hood of the auto and impacting against its windshield. "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". "All we can confirm is that Nicky was involved in an incident while cycling & has been transferred to a hospital near Rimini for treatment".