Nicky Hayden, the former MotoGP champion motorcycle racer, died Monday, May 22, 2017, in Italy, five days after he was struck by a vehicle while training on his bicycle, according to multiple news sources.
The 35-year-old was struck by a vehicle while training on his bicycle on the Rimini coast in Italy last Wednesday. The vehicle had its front windshield smashed. Law enforcement officials in Italy launched an investigation into the accident and the 30-year-old driver of the auto was interrogated. Hayden went on to narrowly dethrone the legendary Valentino Rossi after a 5 title streak by winning the 2006 MotoGP championship.
"Throughout his career Nicky's professionalism and fighting spirit was greatly valued and carried him to numerous successes, including his childhood dream of being crowned MotoGP World Champion with Honda in 2006", Red Bull Honda said. 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.More news: Real Madrid become first team to retain Champoin League title
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Known as the "Kentucky Kid", Nicky Hayden arrived in 2003 in MotoGP with his number 69 in the race and won his only world title three years later at the helm of a Honda. Hayden's injuries occurred while cycling in Italy. In 1999 he won his first Grand National Championship race and went on to be Rookie of the Year.
Born in Owensboro, Kentucky on July 30, 1981, Nicky Hayden started racing motorcycles at a young age and by 17, he was racing factory RC45 superbikes.
Post the latest round of World Superbike Championship (WSBK) in Imola, Italy, Hayden was training on his bicycle on the Rimini coast and was struck by an oncoming vehicle on 17th May 2017. Making the move over to the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in 2016, Nicky stood on the podium four times for Honda, one of which was his debut victory at Sepang International Circuit. "We are all so proud of that", Tommy said. The former MotoGP world champion was just 35 years old.