Nicky Hayden in 'serious condition' after being hit by car in Italy
US Superbike ace Nicky Hayden is in a serious condition after being hit by a car while training in Italy.
The 35-year-old, who won the MotoGP title in 2006, was cycling on the Rimini coastline in the Emilia-Romagna region when the accident happened on Wednesday.
The Red Bull Honda rider received some medical attention before being transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Honda WSBK tweeted: "Thank you to all Nicky's fans for your support after his accident. He's receiving medical attention in Italy, and we must now be patient...
"The medical teams are working hard, and we will provide updates as soon as they are available....all we can confirm is that Nicky was involved in an incident while cycling & has been transferred to a hospital near Rimini for treatment."
Hayden currently sits 13th in the Superbike World Championship standings after his 12th-placed finish at Sunday's Motul Italian Round at Imola.
Update as of 20:00 CET: Nicky was taken to the Cesena hospital for further treatment and possible surgery— WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) May 17, 2017
World Superbikes sent a brief update stating that Hayden may possibly have to undergo an operation following the accident.
Their tweet read: "Update as of 20:00 CET: Nicky was taken to the Cesena hospital for further treatment and possible surgery."
Reigning champion and championship leader, Kawasaki Racing Team rider Jonathan Rea, sent a message of support for Hayden on Twitter, which read: "Praying for @NickyHayden and family!"
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