Nicky Hayden latest news
Saturday May 21
03.10: Nicky Hayden’s father, Earl, has been unable to join his wife and son in Italy due to his own medical issues.
But he has been keeping up to date on Nicky’s condition from his home in Kentucky.
However, the ‘fake news’ online is reportedly adding to his pain.
Earl Hayden told Roadracing World the following:
– The family HAS NOT issued a statement that Nicky is dead.
– Nicky IS NOT dead, although he is on life support.
– Nicky was riding his bicycle alone, NOT in a group of 14 riders.
– Doctors DID NOT perform surgery on Nicky.
– Nicky WAS NEVER in an induced coma.
Friday May 20
20.00: The Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena (Italy), where Nicky Hayden is currently in intensive care, released the following statement at 19.45 local time (GMT+2):
“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.”
MotoGP racers paid tribute to Nicky Hayden this week
18.05: Video has emerged – shown above – of the moment police attended the scene minutes after Nicky Hayden was knocked off his bike.
The footage shows a huge dent and a smashed windscreen on the passenger side of a black Peugeot 207CC.
Police then arrive at the scene and are seen taking pictures of the footwell.
Discarded on the side of the road is the bike Hayden was riding when he was knocked off.
Police quickly blocked off the road and are visible directing traffic away from the crash site.
The hazard lights of the vehicle that hit Hayden off, meanwhile, are flashing.
16:35: If you don't know who Nicky Hayden is, here's a bit of info to help you. Put simply, he's a former Moto GP great.
Hayden is a 35-year-old motorbike rider who is nicknamed The Kentucky Kid. His career high so far came in 2006 when he won his only MotoGP championship.
In the process he prevented Valentino Rossi from winning a sixth successive title.
Hayden was born in Owensboro in Kentucky and his talent was there for all to see early on.
At the age of just 17, he was racing factory Honda RC45 Sperbikes while still at school. It proved to be the first glimpse of his enormous talent.
He started his MotoGP career with Honda in 2003 immediately after winning the AMA Superbike championship. It was there, in his fourth year in 2006, that he won the title ahead of Valentino Rossi.
Hayden stayed for a couple more years before moving to Ducati in 2009 – and then back to Honda in 2014.
In 2016, he returned to the Superbike World Championship with the Ten Kate Racing-run Honda squad, now known as the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team.
Nicky Hayden crash pictures Fri, May 19, 2017
Nicky Hayden is in a serious condition after being involved in a road accident while cycling in Italy
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World Superbike champion Nicky Hayden is in a critical condition
14:35: There's been no updates for a few hours from the hospitals but the understanding is that Hayden has suffered "severe brain damage".
We'll have more as the news comes into us at Express Sport.
12:45: The messages of support for Nicky Hayden are flooding in on Twitter.
Hundreds of fans have tweeted the man himself with goodwill messages following the latest update from the Honda team.
The motorsport world and beyond are all right behind the Kentucky Kid.
12.30 Nicky Hayden has suffered severe brain damage and remains in an extremely critical condition in hospital following Wednesday’s accident.
Hayden, 35, was hit by a car while cycling in Italy. His family are by his side in hospital.
Hayden’s Honda WSBK team released a statement saying: "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."
Polytrauma is a medical term to describe the condition of a person who has multiple traumatic injuries.
Tributes and messages of support have poured in for the MotoGP racer nicknamed the ‘The Kentucky Kid’.
Current MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have all sent their best wishes to the 35-year-old on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Friends star and racing enthusiast Matt LeBlanc tweeted: “Everyone please say a prayer for Nicky. He’s a fighter. @NickyHayden God Bless.”
Hayden's sister has sent her support via social media, tweeting: "My brother is a fighter".
Ten-time Le Mans racer Johnny Mowlem tweeted his support saying: “Thoughts with you mate #keepfighting #fingersareallcrossed”.
Nicky Hayden crash: Motorsport stars send support to former MotoGP champion Fri, May 19, 2017
Motorsport stars and famous faces have sent their support to Nicky Hayden after the 2006 MotoGP champion was hit by a car while cycling
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11.30: More support has poured in for Nicky Hayden as he remains in critical condition in hospital.
Ten-time Le Mans racer Johnny Mowlem tweeted his support saying: “Thoughts with you mate #keepfighting #fingersareallcrossed”
10am: MotoGP’s official twitter account has delivered the latest update on Nicky Hayden: he remains in an extremely serious condition in the Intensive Care unit in hospital.
The prognosis remains guarded.
Hayden was hit by a car while cycling in Italy on Wednesday night and has been put into an induced coma.
Support has flooded in for the former MotoGP champion and his family remain by his side in hospital.
— #FrenchGP (@btsportmotogp) May 18, 2017
Nicky Hayden has received hundreds of messages of support
9am: Nicky Hayden's sister has sent her support via social media, tweeting: "My brother is a fighter".
Hayden's situation remains critical and his family are by his side in hospital following the accident on Wednesday night.
7.30: Nicky Hayden has suffered severe brain damage and his condition is "extremely critical" after being hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy.
Honda quoted Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini hospital as saying the 35-year-old had "a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage".
Doctors had placed the 2006 MotoGP champion, known as "The Kentucky Kid", into a medically induced coma after the incident on Wednesday.
Hayden was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car while training on his bicycle along Italy's Adriatic coast following a weekend Superbike race at the Imola circuit.
Honda said he was taken initially by ambulance to a hospital near the coastal resort of Rimini before then being transferred to Cesena.
Hayden's fiancee Jackie and team members had been joined at his bedside by brother Tommy and mother Rose who flew in from the United States.
5.50: People came together in Hayden's hometown of Owensboro in Kentucky on Thursday night.
A mass was held for him at Precious Blood Catholic Church, where his Hayden's uncle was in attendance.
He said: "It's starting to sink in a little bit of how grave the situation may be," said Hayden. "It takes several hours to grasp the impact of it all. At first, you're just in shock. It's difficult to be logical."
His uncle added doctors there have determined that Nicky has very little brain activity and therefore isn't strong enough to undergo certain procedures.
Nicky Hayden is in an induced come after being hit by a car while cycling in Italy
3:20: Racing enthusiast Matt LeBlanc has paid tribute, tweeting his message of support to Hayden.
He posted: “Everyone please say a prayer for Nicky. He’s a fighter. @NickyHayden God Bless.”
Thursday May 18
21:45: Tributes flood in from fans around the world as we await further news on his Hayden's condition.
People have been tweeting their support using the hashtag #GoNicky on Twitter.
16:25: Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden remains in intensive care in an Italian hospital after being injured in a cycling accident.
The 35-year-old American, who currently races for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team, was hurt while on a training exercise along the Rimini coastline when his bicycle was in collision with a car.
He had competed in the Superbike World Championship races at Imola last weekend.
Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, was treated at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital.
He was later transferred to the Bufalini hospital in Cesena, where he is now.
Nicky Hayden is in a critical condition in hospital
Fans are send their best wishes to Nicky Hayden on Twitter
15:00: Hayden's Red Bull team have issued a statement. It reads: "Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Nicky Hayden was involved in an incident while cycling near Rimini, Italy yesterday afternoon.
"Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment. Once Nicky's condition was stabilised, he was transferred to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena and remains in the hospital's intensive care unit.
"Members of Nicky's team and his fiancee 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.”
13:00: Pictures of the Nicky Hayden crash have emerged, featuring a dark car with a cracked windscreen.
Nicky Hayden crash: This picture was taken at the scene
11:25: Valentino Rossi, who Hayden narrowly beat to win the 2006 MotoGP world title, has sent a goodwill message to his old rival.
Rossi wrote on his Instagram account: "Nicky is one of the best friends I've ever had in the paddock."
Rossi, a team-mate of Hayden's when they rode for both Repsol Honda and later Ducati, added: "The most beautiful thing I have about him is when he gave his hand to me after the unlucky race of Valencia 2015, on the lap of honour. For him it was his farewell to MotoGP, I had just lost the world (title). (The) supporting look inside his helmet is one of the few positive memories I have of that day. For Nicky, we're all with you."
Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has tweeted a picture with Hayden and wrote: "My thoughts are with you."