The hospital confirmed Monday that he died “following a very serious polytrauma.”
At the time of his death, Hayden’s mother and fiancee were by his side, according to a statement by the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team.
“Although this is obviously a sad time, we would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest – riding a motorcycle,” his brother Tommy Hayden — also a motorcycle racer — said in the statement.
Nicky Hayden was in Italy after competing in the Superbike World Championship races at Imola on May 14.
Nicky Hayden was involved in a serious collision with a car today, while training on his bicycle along the Rimini coast.
Hayden was riding with a group of cyclists, when an incident with a Peugeot saw Hayden struck by the car, resulting in the former MotoGP champion hitting the car’s hood and breaking through its windshield.
Details are light at this moment, but Hayden is said to have serious injuries to his chest and head from the crash. We will report more information as soon as we have it, and can verify its accuracy. More Story Here: Asphalt and Rubber: