Nicky Hayden remains in a very serious condition in hospital after a bicycle accident while training in Italy.
The 2006 MotoGP world champion was reportedly hit by a car between Tavoleto and Riccione, south of the seaside resort of Rimini and rushed to a local hospital with severe head and chest injuries. However, the severity of his injuries led to the medical team deciding to fly him to the Bufalini hospital in nearby Cesena, one better equipped to cater to serious head injuries.
Hospital staff describe Hayden’s condition as ‘very serious’ and he has now been moved to intensive care.
Hayden was in the region training following last weekend’s fifth round of the WSBK series at nearby Imola.
The Kentucky Kid raced for the factory Honda and Honda MotoGP teams before switching to WSBK in 2016, finishing the season in place.