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.
The precise extent of Hayden's injuries is as yet unknown. As soon as we have more confirmed details, we will let you know.
UPDATE: 22:14 CEST
According to GPOne.com, the press chief of the Bufalini hospital issued a statement on Nicky Hayden, saying that Hayden was in a "very serious" condition and that he has been moved to the intensive care unit. Hayden is in a coma for the time being, and will be assessed again on Thursday.
UPDATE 2: 12:30 CEST, 18th May
There has been no change in Hayden's condition. He remains in critical condition in intensive care. He has thoracic and cranial injuries, but there is no news on how serious or permanent those injuries are.
UPDATE 3: 23:00, 19th May
Roadracing World's John Ulrich has spoken to Nicky Hayden's father Earl, after false reports appeared on clickbait websites and Facebook that there had been a change in Hayden's condition. Earl Hayden told Roadracing World there had been no change in Nicky Hayden's condition. He is still in a coma, and stable.
The hospital continues to send out press releases twice daily, explaining that Hayden is still in a critical condition, but that his condition is unchanged.
The Red Bull Honda WorldSBK Team is updating it's Twitter feed with links to its press releases on Hayden's condition. For the official word on his condition, check there.