Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden is in an “extremely critical” condition and has his family by his side after suffering “serious cerebral damage” in a cycling accident on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old American collided with a car while cycling on the Rimini coastline.
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He had raced in the World Superbike Championship in Italy last Sunday.
Hayden, who has been racing for Red Bull Honda’s World Superbike team, won the MotoGP championship in 2006.
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“The young man, who is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Bufalini hospital, has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage,” a hospital statement read.
“The prognosis remains reserved.”
Polytrauma is a medical term to describe the condition of a person who has multiple traumatic injuries.
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