News UPDATE Monday: Nicky Hayden Has Passed

UPDATE Monday: Nicky Hayden Has Passed

Nicky Hayden Bicycle Crash

UPDATE: Nicky Hayden has passed. Read more at Nicky Hayden Succumbs to Brain Injury.

UPDATE from Red Bull Honda Superbike team, 11:28 a.m. Saturday 20th May:

“Update from Bufalini Hospital – Nicky Hayden’s condition remains critical. His clinical picture is unchanged.”


UPDATE from Red Bull Honda Superbike team, 1:45 p.m. Friday:

The following statement regarding Nicky Hayden’s current condition has been released today, 19 May 2017, at 19:45 local time (GMT +2), by the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena (Italy).

“The clinical picture of Nicky Hayden remains unchanged. His condition is still extremely critical.

He is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and the prognosis stays reserved.”


UPDATE from Red Bull Honda Superbike team, 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.”

The sole American in World Superbike, Nicky Hayden, was rushed to an Italian hospital near Rimini following a cycling crash Wednesday afternoon.

The 2006 MotoGP Champion was reportedly hit by Peugeot car while bicycle training alone along the Rimini coastline. Reports say the 35-year-old Hayden, who competes on the #69 Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2, impacted a car’s windshield and fell to the ground.

Hayden reportedly sustained head and chest injuries, and was taken to the hospital to undergo immediate treatment. The Kentuckian was then transferred to hospital in Cesena further treatment and possible surgery, World Superbike reports.  According to reports by Rimini Today, Hayden is in critical condition.

Nicky Hayden Taken to Hospital after Cycling Crash in Italy
Nicky Hayden on Red Bull Honda World Superbike CBR1000RR SP2

Details are scarce. Following the incident, Honda WorldSBK team tweeted: “Thank you to all Nicky’s fans for your support after his accident. He’s receiving medical attention in Italy, and we must now be patient…

“The medical teams are working hard, and we will provide updates as soon as they are available.

“All we can confirm is that Nicky was involved in an incident while cycling & has been transferred to a hospital near Rimini for treatment.”

Miles W/ the Mayor of Misano @denispazzaglini

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Above was from Nicky Hayden’s Instagram before the cycling crash.

During this past weekend’s fifth round of World Superbike at Imola, Hayden DNF’d in race one due to technical issues with his Honda CBR1000RR SP2, and claimed 12th in race two. Hayden, the brother of Roger Lee and Tommy,  is currently 13th in the World Superbike Championship.

This is the second injury for a factory Honda motrocycle racer this month; 23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness broke his leg last week while qualifying for the North West 200.

UPDATE: Red Bull Honda World Superbike team says Nicky remains in intensive care at Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena. His team and fiancé are with him in the hospital.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages of support and the assistance of emergency and medical services. 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 team said.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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