American Nicky Hayden of Moto GP still 'extremely critical'

(Motorcycling) Ex-world champion Hayden 'extremely critical'

"He is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and the prognosis stays reserved". Italian media quoted the hospital as saying on Wednesday that Hayden had suffered a cerebral edema and lower body fractures and surgery had not been possible immediately because of his condition.

During the summer of 2011, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden got to do a parade lap around the Snaefell Mountain Course during the Isle of Man TT.

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Now riding for Red Bull Honda in the World Superbike series, Hayden was rushed to the hospital with head and chest injuries.

The American, who has been racing for Red Bull Honda's World Superbike team, collided with a auto near Rimini Wednesday. "The American, who remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care unit in the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, has suffered serious trauma with severe brain damage as a outcome", the statement reads. The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wednesd.

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He suffered head and chest injuries in the accident and has been placed in an induced coma, according to reports. He is 13th in this season's Superbike standings.

Hayden's fiancee Jackie and team members had been joined at his bedside by brother Tommy and mother Rose, who flew in from the United States. He further said "Come on Nicky, we're all with you". That was reported by Reuters. He competed in Moto GP from 2003-2015.

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He has 218 MotoGP races under his belt and won the world title with Repsol Honda 11 years ago - ending Valentino Rossi's streak of five successive championship victories - and also raced for Ducati before switching to the Superbike circuit last year.

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