Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Former MotoGP world champion struck by a auto in Italy

Former MotoGP world champion struck by a auto in Italy

He was stabilized on site, after which he was taken to the Fermi di Rimini with the highest gravity code, and then, because of his critical condition, was transferred to the hospital.

His Honda Superbike team provided an official update within the hour.

"There are no substantial changes from what was communicated yesterday evening", said the statement.

UPDATE: Dorna states possible surgery for Nicky Hayden. Honda WSBK team Tweeted only to confirm that Nicky was in an accident and is receiving treatment.

"We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages of support and the assistance of emergency and medical services". Doctors say he is still too weak to be operated on.

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With the rest of the field way off the pace, the battle between the two drivers continued as they approached the final laps. He would have to take solace in the fact that he helped the team achieve a win in the race despite failing to finish.

Hayden is said to have been training on his bicycle after participating in the fifth round of the 2017 Superbike Word Championship at the Imola race track.

Italian news site Pubblisole shared video of the aftermath of the accident with jarring images of the vehicle and Nicky's mangled bicycle.

"Hope to hear some positive news soon".

The Kentucky rider, 35, is a former MotoGP world champion who rode for Honda and Ducati for 12 years between 2003-2015, and famously beat Valentino Rossi to the MotoGP title in 2006.

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