After the test at Barcelona today, Ducati sent out the following press release, where their riders speak about Nicky Hayden:
Press releases from a variety of teams and organizations marking the tragic death of Nicky Hayden:
Tragic death of Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden died today as a results of the injuries he sustained in a cycling accident. He died surrounded by his family, at 7:09pm CEST, at the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy.
The exact circumstances of Hayden's accident are unclear. All that is know is that Hayden was out cycling alone on Wednesday, 17th May near the Misano circuit, and was hit by a car. The force of the impact was such that he immediately sustained life-threatening injuries. Hayden was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe brain and chest injuries, and taken to intensive care.
Hayden's injuries proved to be so fatal that there was no hope of recovery. He died at 7:09pm on Monday, 22nd of May at the hospital in Cesena.
There are few circuits on the calendar whose names ring so loudly through the annals of history as that of Le Mans. Only Assen, the Isle of Man, and Indianapolis are as inextricably associated with motor sports as Le Mans is. Like Indy, though, Le Mans is more associated with four wheels than with two. The 24h Du Mans endurance race is truly one of the landmark events of the motor sports year.
The glamor of that event rubs off on the 24-hour motorcycle race as well. That race is arguably the biggest race on the FIM EWC endurance calendar, and victory there adds extra shine to any rider's record. It is a highlight not just of the endurance racing year, but on the motorcycle racing calendar, marking the rhythm of the racing season as loudly as Jerez, Assen, the Isle of Man TT, Mugello, Phillip Island.
It sets a high bar for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans to live up to. Despite the deep and entrenched love of endurance racing in France, and especially at Le Mans (they have a 24-hour event for everything there, a taxi driver once told me: 24-hour car, bike, truck, and mountain bike race, 24-hour literary festival, even a 24-hour tiddlywinks competition), more spectators flock to the Le Mans circuit for MotoGP than for the 24-hour race. Last year, over 99,000 attended.
The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team issued an update on Nicky Hayden's condition:
Update on Nicky Hayden from Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team have just issued the following statement on the condition of Nicky Hayden after his terrible accident while out cycling:
Nicky Hayden has been hospitalized after a collision with a car while training on his bicycle near Riccione in Italy. According to reports from local newspaper Rimini Today, Hayden was out cycling on Wednesday afternoon when at around 2pm, he was hit by a car. The causes of the accident are as yet uncertain.
Hayden was treated for his injuries by the emergency services, and then taken to the emergency department of Rimini Hospital. He was assessed there, and was transferred to the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, 40km away. According to reports from Italy, he is being treated in the trauma center of that hospital.
Assen had been earmarked as a key round for Honda in their search for competitiveness in WorldSBK. It passed with more confirmation that the team's struggles will continue
Nine points were all that Nicky Hayden had to show for himself at the end of a trying weekend at the TT Circuit of Assen. The Honda rider was able to show some signs of improved competitiveness at times during the weekend but overall the same flaws of the Honda Fireblade have been exposed once again.
Reliability and inability to bring competitive upgrades to the table cost Hayden dearly at Assen. The week before the Dutch round the team tested a new engine specification in Portimao and the American came away disappointed with a lack of progress.