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Ex-MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden 'critical' after cycling crash

19 May 2017, 07:09 | Joan Schultz

The smashed window of the car that hit Nicky Hayden. Tommaso Torri

The smashed window of the car that hit Nicky Hayden

The motorsport community has rallied behind former Moto GP champion Nicky Hayden, who remains in a critical condition following a cycling accident.

Hayden was taken to the hospital after being struck by a auto while training on his bicycle along Italy's Adriatic coast following a weekend Superbike race at the Imola circuit.

Hayden, nicknamed the "Kentucky Kid", won the 2006 MotoGP world title before moving to the Superbike World Championship for the 2016 season.

A statement from the hospital on Thursday afternoon said: "Nicky Hayden's clinical condition remains extremely critical".

Honda said he was taken initially by ambulance to a hospital near the coastal resort of Rimini before then being transferred to 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", the hospital staff explained. "The prognosis remains reserved".

American multiple world champion Wayne Rainey also said he was praying for Hayden.

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Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has been hospitalised on Thursday after colliding with a auto.

His brother Tommy and mother Rose have flown in from the U.S. to be by his bedside with Hayden's fiance Jackie, Team Honda wrote on its website. 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.

Rossi wrote on his Instagram account: "Nicky is one of the best friends I've ever had in the paddock".

He started 216 races between 2003 and 2015, winning three.

"His supportive gaze from his helmet was one of the few positive moments I had that day".

Below are tweets from his former teammate Casey Stoner, reigning world champion Marc Marquez, Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo and others praying for the American rider's quick recovery.

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