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Nicky Hayden, the World Superbike Championship rider and 2006 MotoGP world champion, has died five days after being involved in a road collision.
The 35-year-old American was cycling along the Rimini coastline in Italy last Wednesday when a car collided with his bicycle.
Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, suffered head and chest injuries in the collision and was transferred to the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where he was treated in the intensive care unit.
The Red Bull Honda rider was training in Italy following his 12th-placed finish in the World Superbike Championship race at Imola on 14 May. Members of the rider’s family, including his mother Rose and brother Tommy, had flown out from the United States to be beside him during his time in hospital.
His death was announced by the Cesena hospital on Monday afternoon, with doctors explaining that Hayden had suffered “a serious polytrauma” following the accident.
The hospital’s statement read: “The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday 17 May in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day.”