World Superbike reported today via its Twitter account that 2006 MotoGP World Champion and current factory Honda superbike rider Nicky Hayden was involved in an accident while riding his pedal bike in Italy and has been transported to a nearby hospital. According to an eyewitness report, a car came around the corner and ran into the back of Nicky going over 30mph (estimate). The eyewitness also said that Nicky was unconscious when they transported him to the hospital.
The American racer competed last weekend at the Imola Circuit in eastern Italy (retiring early out of Race 1 and finishing 11th in Race 2). The series takes a break this weekend before traveling to England for Round 6 next week. Little is known about the accident but initial reports say that the 35-year-old has chest and head trauma.
Update 5/18/2017 at 10:00 am PST:
Hayden remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy and is currently joined by his fiancé Jackie Marin, mother Rose and elder brother Tommy.
The hospital released this statement earlier today: “Nicky Hayden’s clinical condition remains extremely critical. [He] has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage. The prognosis remains reserved.”
More updates as they come…