MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden Dead at 35

Nicky Hayden, the former MotoGP champion motorcycle racer, died Monday, May 22, 2017, in Italy, five days after he was struck by a auto while training on his bicycle, according to multiple news sources.

The hospital released a medical bulletin on Monday announcing his death, having said last week that Hayden had suffered severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries.

"Nicky passed away at 7.09 this evening at Maurizio Bufalini hospital in Cesena".

United States motorcycle driver Nicky Hayden, seriously injured in a bicycle accident Wednesday, died on Monday, the Cesena hospital in central Italy said, where the 2006 MotoGP world champion was hospitalized.

The 35-year-old American was injured in a cycling accident on the Rimini coastline of Italy last Wednesday. The rider ended up on the hood and slammed into the car's windshield. Law enforcement officials in Italy launched an investigation into the accident and the 30-year-old driver of the auto was interrogated.

The Kentucky native won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006, just three years after breaking into the premier ranks as a 21-year-old.

Nicky's MotoGP career spanned from 2003 - 2016, competing with both the Honda and Ducati teams.

Hayden's mother, fiancée and other family members flew to Italy to be by his side last week, The Guardian reported. We are all so proud of that. He was the youngest rider to become an AMA Superbike Champion in 2002, which immediately propelled him into the Moto GP circuit in the premier league.

Nicky Hayden celebrates after winning the world MotoGP championship in 2006.

Following the most recent World Superbike race at Imola in Italy, he was holding 13th place in the standings on the new Fireblade. In 2005, he took his first MotoGP win at Laguna Seca.

  • Julie Sanders