Nicky Hayden Critical After Training Accident
UPDATE: Nicky Hayden: July 30, 1981 - May 22, 2017by TJ Hinton, on
Nicky Hayden was critically injured in a training accident just South of Remini, Italy, on Wednesday. The former World Champion MotoGP rider was riding his bicycle as part of his training regimen for the World Superbike circuit when he was struck by an automobile. In a statement from the ICU at the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital Mr. Hayden suffered severe head and chest trauma, and brain damage is a certainty. He is still in a coma and has been joined by his brother, mother and fiance’ in Italy.
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Our Thoughts and Prayers
I’m sure all of us join the “Kentucky Kid’s” teammate and long-time friend Valentino Rossi in wishing the former champ a speedy recovery. The two famously battled for the title in the ’05 – ’06 season with Hayden ekeing out a win overall with a razor-thin, 5-point advantage over Rossi. That rivalry only deepened their camaraderie, and the two later became teammates under the Ducati banner.
Folks, watch out for cyclists out there. It hasn’t even been a month yet since Italian professional cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on his bike during training, also by a cager, but with a van rather than a car. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Hayden and his family and friends.
Nicky passed away from his injuries. The motorcycling world mourns the loss of such a fine competitor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.