US racer Hayden still in "extremely critical" condition

BRAIN DAMAGE Nicky Hayden is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car while out training on his bicycle

BRAIN DAMAGE Nicky Hayden is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car while out training on his bicycle

Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, suffered head and chest injuries and was treated at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital.

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.

The following statement regarding Nicky Hayden's current condition has been released today, 19 May 2017, at 19:45 local time (GMT +2), by the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena (Italy).

American multiple world champion Wayne Rainey also said he was praying for Hayden.

The 35-year-old was placed into a medically induced coma after the incident, the BBC reported.

Hayden was struck by a vehicle while training on a bicycle in the Rimini region, requiring medical attention at the scene before being transferred to hospital. Italian Media said that Hayden had suffered a cerebral edema and lower body fractures and surgery had not been possible immediately.

FILE - In this Sunday Oct. 29, 2006 file photo, United States Honda rider Nicky Hayden celebrates after winning the world Moto GP championship at the Cheste racetrack near Valencia, Spain. He is 13th in this season's Superbike standings.

"Come on Nicky, we're all with you". In the MotoGP, he ran 218 Grand Prix races with three wins and 28 podium places.

"Hayden was involved in a training accident whilst cycling in Italy".

Britain's Tour de France champion Chris Froome escaped unhurt this month while having his bike written off in a hit-and-run incident near his Monaco home.

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