Hayden critical with serious brain damage

Nicky Hayden'critical after bike crash

WorldSBK star Nicky Hayden's condition remains unchanged and still extremely critical, according to doctors this evening.

He won three races in a career from 2003-2015, before switching to Superbike full-time, although he made two starts in MotoGP past year to fill in for injured Honda rider Jack Miller.

Hayden was hit by a auto while cycling in Italy, and rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries.

Nicky Hayden, the 35-year-old motorcycle racer nicknamed the Kentucky Kid, was training on the Rimini coastline in Italy on his bicycle when a Peugeot 206 convertible hit him.

Once Nicky's condition was stabilized, he was transferred to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena and remains in the hospital's intensive care unit. "The American, who remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care unit in the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, has suffered serious trauma with severe brain damage as a effect", the statement reads.

Below are tweets from his former teammate Casey Stoner, reigning world champion Marc Marquez, Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo and others praying for the American rider's quick recovery.

His brother Tommy and mother Rose have flown in from the United States to be by his bedside with Hayden's fiance Jackie, Team Honda wrote on its website. He was 13th in the points following the latest Superbike race at Imola.

Italian great Valentino Rossi, hailed his former team mate as "one of the best friends I have had in the paddock". In the MotoGP, he ran 218 Grand Prix races with three wins and 28 podium places.

"Hayden was involved in a training accident whilst cycling in Italy".

"Come on Nicky, we're all with you". The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wedn.

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