Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has died aged 35, five days after being involved in a crash while cycling. The American suffered “serious cerebral damage” after colliding with a car on the Rimini coastline in Italy on Wednesday, 17 May. The 2006 MotoGP championship winner had been in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Maurizio Bufalini Hospital.
“We would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest – riding a motorcycle,” his brother Tommy said.
A hospital statement issued on Thursday said Hayden had suffered “a serious poly trauma”, which is a medical term to describe the condition of a person who has multiple traumatic injuries. Hayden, who was nicknamed the Kentucky Kid, had competed for Red Bull Honda in the World Super bike Championship in Italy on 14 May.