Honda has released an official statement following the bicycle crash that left 2006 MotoGP champion and current WSB racer Nicky Hayden with severe injuries in Italy yesterday.
It’s understood that Hayden had a crash with a car while cycling with friends near Rimini. He suffered head and chest injuries and is reported to be in a medically-induced coma. Here’s Honda Racing’s official statement:
Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Nicky Hayden was involved in an incident while cycling near Rimini, Italy yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 17th May).
Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment. Once Nicky’s condition was stabilised, he was transferred to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Members of Nicky’s team and his fiancé are with him in the hospital.
We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages of support and the assistance of emergency and medical services. Once an official statement regarding Nicky’s condition is released by the hospital or Nicky’s family, a further update from the team will be issued.