Nicky Hayden remains in 'extremely serious' condition, doctors confirm

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

MotoGP riders paid homage to Hayden ahead of this weekend's French GP, with a sign being held up in the pre-event press conference on Thursday.

"The clinical picture of Nicky Hayden remains unchanged".

Hayden, a 35-year-old Owensboro native, who now races for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team, was hurt along the Rimini coastline.

Another channel said hat he has been placed under the medically induced coma.

Former world motorcycling champion Nicky Hayden was in "extremely critical" condition on Thursday following a serious bicycle accident which left him with brain damage, as his fiancée and mother kept a vigil at his bedside. He was treated at the scene by medical personnel and then taken to a local hospital.

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Italian media quoted the hospital as saying Hayden had suffered a cerebral edema and lower body fractures and surgery had not been possible immediately because of his condition.

Hayden, nicknamed the "Kentucky Kid", won the 2006 MotoGP world title before moving to the Superbike World Championship for the 2016 season.

Nine-time world champion Rossi took time out from preparing for this weekend's French MotoGP at Le Mans to pay tribute to Hayden.

He has 218 MotoGP races under his belt and won the world title with Repsol Honda 11 years ago - ending Valentino Rossi's streak of five successive championship victories - and also raced for Ducati before switching to the Superbike circuit last year. After the race we shook hands and hugged. He started 216 races between 2003 and 2015, winning three.

The dangers of training on public roads have been highlighted in recent weeks by other accidents affecting professional athletes. The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wedn.

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