Former MotoGP champion Hayden remains in critical condition

ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2017 10:02 AM
Former MotoGP champion Hayden remains in critical condition
FILE - In this Sunday Oct. 29, 2006 file photo, United States Honda rider Nicky Hayden celebrates after winning the world Moto GP championship at the Cheste racetrack near Valencia, Spain. American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden has been hit by a car while out training on his bicycle, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred along the Rimini coast, Italy, Wednesday. The 35-year-old Hayden who won the MotoGP title in 2006 was transported to a local hospital for treatment. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

CESENA, Italy (AP) — Four days after being hit by a car while training on his bicycle, American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden remains in "extremely serious" condition in an Italian hospital.

The Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where Hayden is being treated, says on Sunday that Hayden's condition "remains unchanged."

The hospital said earlier in the week that Hayden has severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries.

Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, was transported to the Bufalini facility following the incident on the Rimini coast on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006, finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great Valentino Rossi. Hayden is 13th in this season's Superbike standings.

Several family members have flown in from the United States, including his mother and brother. Hayden's father is too ill to travel.

Rossi, a seven-time MotoGP champion, spoke fondly of Hayden before Sunday's French MotoGP in Le Mans.

"I have a lot of stories, a lot of memories with Nicky. We raced, we were teammates also," the 38-year-old Rossi said. "Great rider, always at the top, but especially a great guy. The situation is difficult but we hope for the best."

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