Nicky Hayden remains in 'extremely critical' condition after cycling accident

Nicky Hayden remains in 'extremely critical' condition after cycling accident

Nicky Hayden remains in 'extremely critical' condition after cycling accident

The smashed window of the vehicle that hit Nicky Hayden.

"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", Hayden's Red Bull Honda WSBK team said in a statement.

The 35-year-old American was hit by a vehicle while training south of the Italian seaside resort of Rimini on Wednesday and was rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries. Hayden suffers from brain damage and several fractures including a broken leg. Physicians are now hesitant to perform surgery to reduce Hayden's cerebral edema, due to his critical and unstable condition.

Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden remains in an "extremely critical" condition in an Italian hospital's intensive care unit after being injured in a cycling accident on Wednesday.

The hospital confirmed on Thursday that Hayden suffered "a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage".

Hayden was struck by a vehicle while training on a bicycle in the Rimini region, requiring medical attention at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

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His Honda team said that as well as having his fiancée Jackie by his side, Hayden has now been joined by his brother Tommy and mother Rose who arrived in Italy from the United States earlier Thursday.

Italian great Valentino Rossi, who leads the MotoGP championship and is racing in France this weekend, hailed his former teammate.

Hayden, who had raced in the World Superbike Championship at Imola in Italy last Sunday, won the MotoGP championship in 2006.

"Come on Nicky, we're all with you", added the 38-year-old.

"The most lovely thing I have about him is when he gave his hand to me after the unlucky race of Valencia 2015, on the lap of honour".

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