MotoGP Champ Nicky Hayden Seriously Injured in Cycling Accident

Hayden was struck by a vehicle while cycling in Italy following last weekend's World Superbike race at Imola.

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2006 MotoGP champion and current Superbike World Championship rider Nicky Hayden has been seriously injured in a cycling accident in Italy. The exact extent of his injuries and condition are unknown. It's being reported that he suffered severe head and chest trauma after being struck by a car near Rimini, Italy.

Hayden was riding with a group when he was struck by a car. The impact caused him to land on the hood and windshield of the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, arriving at the facility unconscious. After being stabilized, Hayden was transported to a second hospital for further treatment.

His racing team, Honda WSBK, said on Twitter: "The medical teams are working hard, and we will provide updates as soon as they are available, all we can confirm is that Nicky was involved in an incident while cycling & has been transferred to a hospital near Rimini for treatment"

MotoGP has said via their Twitter account that Hayden may be undergoing surgery at second hospital he was taken to.

We will update you will any news regarding Hayden's condition as it becomes available.