Nicky Hayden condition "remains extremely critical" - Red Bull Honda team

World Superbike rider is in hospital in Italy

BY Raf Diallo 16:43 Thursday 18 May 2017, 16:43 18 May 2017

Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team during the Superbike race during the World Superbikes - Race at Enzo & Dino Ferrari Circuit on May 12, 2017 in Imola, Italy. NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Red Bull Honda team has issued an update on the condition of World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden.

The US rider was cycling in Rimini, Italy on Wednesday when he was hit by a car, having participated in the World Superbike race in the country at the weekend.

The 35 year old has been placed in an induced coma and is in intensive care in Cesena.

A city police officer inspects the area where American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden was hit by a car while training on his bicycle, in Rimini, Italy, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wednesday along the Rimini coast. Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Injury details were not immediately available. (Tommaso Torri/ANSA via AP)

In a statement from the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena which they shared on their official website, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team explained that Hayden has suffered "serious polytrauma" and that his condition remains "extremely critical".

The statement reads: "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." 

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