Nicky Hayden Placed In Medically Induced Coma

Nicky Hayden
Fans will get the chance to honor Nicky Hayden when the World Superbike series visits Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend.

CESENA, Italy – Nicky Hayden has been placed in a medically induced coma after being struck by a car while riding a bicycle on Wednesday in Italy.

The 36-year-old Kentucky native was training on his bicycle when he was hit by a car between Tavoleto and Riccione, south of the resort town of Rimini on Wednesday.

The former MotoGP world champion and current Red Bull Honda World Superbike rider was taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini before being transferred to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena on Wednesday. He remains in the intensive care unit as of Thursday.

His family, including his finance Jackie, his brother Tommy and mother Rose have all joined him at the hospital. His family released an update on his condition Thursday morning.

“Nicky Hayden’s clinical condition remains extremely critical. 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. The prognosis remains reserved.”