WSBK: Nicky Hayden ‘seriously injured’ in cycling crash

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Reports are coming in from Italy that 2006 MotoGP world champion and current Red Bull Honda World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden has been seriously injured while cycling near the Misano circuit in Italy.

The American, a keen cyclist, was reportedly out with a group of friends when the crash happened. He received medical treatment at the scene after the collision, which saw him impact the windscreen of a Peugeot car.

He’s reported to have been taken to a local hospital in Rimini after the crash with serious head and chest injuries, but that remains conjuncture until official word is released by his team or the hospital.


Hayden has had a difficult start to the 2017 season on the new Fireblade, struggling to finish in the top six so far. He remained in Italy following last weekend’s Imola round of the series, and is due to head to Donington Park next weekend for the British round of the series.

Update 18/05/17 09:00: Hayden made it through the night with no complications, but remains in intensive care in a serious condition with severe head, abdominal and pelvic injuries. A further update on his condition will come this afternoon. 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer