"Nicky Hayden's clinical condition remains extremely critical," said a statement from the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena."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." Hayden, nicknamed the "Kentucky Kid", won the 2006 Moto GP world title before moving to the Superbike World Championship for the 2016 season."As well as being a true champion on the track, Nicky was a fan favourite off it due to his kind nature, relaxed demeanour, and the huge smile he invariably carried everywhere."Nothing says more about Nicky's character than the overwhelming response expressed by fellow racers and his legions of fans over the past few days.The next year, 2006, would be Hayden's greatest in motorcycle racing as he won the 2006 Moto GP world title, breaking Valentino Rossi's five year consecutive streak.He remained with Honda for two more seasons without a world title, before moving to Ducati for 2009.Honda teammate Stefan Bradl said he was "deeply touched and saddened". His fiancee Jackie, mother Rose and brother Tommy were at his side."Throughout his career Nicky's professionalism and fighting spirit was greatly valued and carried him to numerous successes, including his childhood dream of being crowned Moto GP World Champion with Honda in 2006.
Hayden, who was 35, was hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy on Wednesday, suffering serious head and chest injuries and being placed in intensive care following the incident.Hayden had five largely unsuccessful seasons at Ducati, with his highest finishing championship position a seventh place in 2010.He subsequently moved to the Honda Aspar team in 2014 where raced for two seasons before returning to the Superbike World Championship.Hayden finished fifth in his first season back in World Superbikes with the highlight of his season being a win in Malaysia. On May 17, 2017, Hayden was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Italy. He started road racing with the CMRA, often against racers many times older.World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden has been taken to hospital following a collision while cycling during a training exercise in Italy.However, this was followed by a difficult second season in which he could only manage eighth overall.