MotoGP Champ Nicky Hayden Seriously Injured in Cycling Accident

Doyle BarkerMay 18, 2017

The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wednesday along the Rimini coast.

He was rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries, according to the reports.

UPDATE: Dorna states possible surgery for Nicky Hayden.

Pictures of the Peugeot auto involved in the incident show substantial damage to the front windscreen.

"There are no substantial changes from what was communicated yesterday evening", the statement said.

But his situation was so serious that a decision was taken to give him an emergency transfer to the bigger Bufalini Hospital in Cesena. Honda WSBK team Tweeted only to confirm that Nicky was in an accident and is receiving treatment.

Doctors are reportedly considering whether to operate on the stricken rider.

Messages of support have flooded in for the American from all over the world with the racing community desperate for news of Hayden's recovery. Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi said, "Nicky is one of the best friends I've ever had in the paddock".

Hayden was in Italy for the series' race weekend at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, and he was now training on a bicycle when a Peugeot CC slammed into him.

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