After being hit by a car while cycling with friends in Italy, the 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden’s condition remains extremely serious. He was on a road along the Rimini coastline on Wednesday afternoon when a road car collided with his bicycle.
He is currently placed in the intensive Care unit in the Bufalini hospital in Cesena. Unfortunately the hospital’s latest statement, issued yesterday at 17:00 CET, is not encouraging at all
»The 35-year-old suffered serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage in the accident and that his prognosis remains unknown.«
His family has flow from the United States to be by his side, joining Nicky’s fiancée Jackie.
Another glimpse into just how serious the situation is was given by Hayden’s friend Valentino Rossi just before the start of French Grand Prix on Thursday
“Very, very bad news from yesterday, I spoke straight away with a doctor, my friend, and he said that from the very first moment the situation was very difficult for Nicky.
And now with a bit more time you start to understand. It’s a great shame because Nicky is a great rider for sure, a great talent, a world champion and always at the top, but especially a very good guy.
Coming from a good family of racers, from his father to his two brothers, always a good guy, always smiling, so for sure it’s very bad. I think the situation is very bad but everybody, we hope for the best.”
It is extremely sad to see another case where riders and racers, who are used to racing 300+ kmh, suffer badly in during a normal everyday activity. Our thoughts are with the family.