"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". A city police officer inspects the area where American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden was hit by a vehicle while training on his bicycle, in Rimini, Italy, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Hayden, nicknamed the "Kentucky Kid", won the 2006 MotoGP world title before moving to the Superbike World Championship for the 2016 season.
Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, was transported to a local hospital following the incident on the Rimini coast, before being transferred to Cesena.
Hayden was taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while training on his bicycle along Italy's Adriatic coast, following a weekend Superbike race at the Imola circuit.
2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden remains in an "extremely serious" condition following a road accident on Wednesday that has left him with severe brain damage. This incident took place in Rimini in Italy, this Wednesday afternoon, and the site of a vehicle after that collision, shows the horrific intensity of this crash.
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UPDATE: Nicky has now been joined by his brother Tommy and mother Rose who arrived in Italy from the United States earlier today.
There was continued support for Hayden and his family on social media throughout Thursday.
"Come on Nicky, we're all with you", added the 38-year-old. That was reported by Reuters.
He has 218 MotoGP races under his belt and won the world title with Repsol Honda 11 years ago - ending Valentino Rossi's streak of five successive championship victories - and also raced for Ducati before switching to the Superbike circuit last year. He competed in Moto GP from 2003-2015.
"Hayden was involved in a training accident whilst cycling in Italy". The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wedn.