Superbike racer Nicky Hayden, 35, dies following bicycle training collision
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 7:39
The 35-year-old was hit by a vehicle as he trained on the Rimini coast.
Following life-threatening injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while bicycling, Nicky Hayden has passed away.
Authorities in Italy opened an investigation into the accident that injured Hayden.
Hayden made 217 MotoGP starts between 2003 and 2016, beating Valentino Rossi to the 2006 world championship in the fourth of his six seasons with the factory Honda team.
In his MotoGP career, Hayden won three times and took his place on the podium on 28 occasions.
After switching to the World Superbike championship past year, Hayden finished fifth overall.
The statement also said that fiancée Jackie, mother Rose and brother Tommy, who flew in from the U.S., were at his side.
Nicky's charm and character meant he was a much loved rider not only in the MotoGP paddock but in every racing paddock across the world. We are all so proud of that.
Hayden's condition remained "extremely critical" over the weekend but his death was confirmed on Monday.
Hayden's global racing success came with the Honda works team, for which he raced between 2003 and 2008.
After he passed away, brother Tommy issued a statement where he said,"We would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest - riding a motorcycle".