RIMINI, Italy — Popular American World Superbike Championship rider Nicky Hayden is being treated for serious head and chest injuries following a road accident in Italy Wednesday.
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.
Currently riding for Red Bull Honda in the World Superbike series, Hayden was taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for treatment. Once his condition was stabilised, he was transferred to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit as of Thursday morning.
Hayden won the 2005 MotoGP world championship with three victories that season. He competed in MotoGP from 2003-’15.
Hayden began racing in the World Superbike Championship in 2016.
The World Superbike website posted the following statement: “Nicky Hayden (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) has been involved in a training incident, which saw the American hit by a car when he was out training on his bicycle.
“The incident occurred along the Rimini coastline this afternoon, where he has been spending time following the Motul Italian Round at Imola. Following the incident, emergency services were called to the scene and Hayden was transported to the local hospital. Ambulances arrived and Hayden was taken directly to the hospital.”