Hayden's condition "extremely critical"

BRAIN DAMAGE Nicky Hayden is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car while out training on his bicycle

"He is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and the prognosis stays reserved".

"Nicky Hayden's clinical condition remains extremely critical".

He won three races in a career from 2003-2015, before switching to Superbike full-time, although he made two starts in MotoGP a year ago to fill in for injured Honda rider Jack Miller.

"Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment", Red Bull Honda said in a statement.

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The 35-year-old Owensboro native was training on his bicycle when he was hit by a vehicle between Tavoleto and Riccione, south of the resort town of Rimini.

The former MotoGP champion sustained brain damage when hit by a auto when cycling in Italy and has remained in intensive care since the crash. He was later transferred to Bufalini Hospital in Cesena.

The American motorcycle rider was placed in a medically-induced coma and moved hospital, with the latest update being issued at 11am ET on Thursday on MotoGP's website.

He has been joined by his fiancée Jackie as well as his brother Tommy and mother Rose who arrived from the U.S. Thursday.

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Hayden last raced in the MotoGP championship in Spain in September 2016 as a stand-in for injured Australian Jack Miller at the privately-run Marc VDS Honda team.

"Nicky is one of the best friends I've ever had in the paddock", nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi wrote on his Instagram page. He competed in Moto GP from 2003-2015.

"Come on Nicky, we're all with you".

The dangers of training on public roads have been highlighted in recent weeks by other accidents affecting professional athletes. The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wednesd.

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