Nicky Hayden, Ex-Motorcycle Champion, Dies After Collision


Nicky Hayden celebrated after winning the MotoGP championship in 2006 in Valencia, Spain.

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CESENA, Italy — The former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden died in a hospital on Monday, several days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was 35.

Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where Hayden had been since the collision last Wednesday, made the announcement. Hayden had severe cerebral damage as well as multiple traumatic injuries.

“The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday May 17 from the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day,” the hospital statement said.

Hayden was training on the Rimini coast after a motorcycle race at nearby Imola. The front windshield of the black Peugeot car that will hit Hayden was smashed from the accident. The authorities have opened an investigation as well as questioned the 30-year-old driver.

Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006, finishing narrowly ahead of Valentino Rossi of Italy.

In a MotoGP career spanning 2003-16 with Honda as well as Ducati, Hayden posted three victories as well as 28 podium finishes in 218 races.

After switching to the globe Superbike championship last year, Hayden finished fifth over all.

Hayden was 13th in Superbike that will season, riding for the Red Bull Honda team.

Fellow motorcycle racers reacted to Hayden’s death on Twitter.

“I’m shattered after the news. We will never forget you!” the three-time MotoGP world champion Marc Márquez wrote.

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