19 May, 2017
ROME May 18 Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden spent a second day in intensive care on Thursday after colliding with a vehicle while cycling in eastern Italy, the American's Honda World Superbike team said on Thursday.
The American, who won the title in 2006, was struck by a vehicle while training on a bicycle along the Rimini coast and admitted to a local hospital, before being moved to the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena.
Hayden's team issued a statement, which said: "As well as having his fiancee Jackie by his side, Nicky has now been joined by his brother Tommy and mother Rose who arrived in Italy from the United States earlier today".
"The American, who remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care unit in the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, has suffered serious trauma with severe brain damage as a effect", the statement reads.
Honda quoted Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini hospital as saying the 35-year-old had "a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage". The 2006 Champion has since been moved to Cesena hospital.
Hayden was last seen in the MotoGP championship in Spain in September 2016.
There was continued support for Hayden and his family on social media throughout Thursday.
"Nicky is one of the best friends I've ever had in the paddock", nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi wrote on his Instagram page. "For Nicky, we're all with you", the Italian MotoGP legend added. That was reported by Reuters.
The "Kentucky Kid" won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006 and was competing in the World Superbike championship this year.
"The most handsome moment I have about Nicky is when he shakes my hand after an unpleasant race at Valencia 2015".
The dangers of training on public roads have been highlighted in recent weeks by other accidents affecting professional athletes, according to the Reuters report.
"Hayden was involved in a training accident whilst cycling in Italy".