For­mer cham­pion Hayden hit by car while cy­cling

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ROME: Amer­i­can for­mer Mo­toGP cham­pion Nicky Hayden was taken to hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing struck by a car while train­ing on his bi­cy­cle along Italy’s Adri­atic coast, the World Su­per­bike se­ries said.

Its of­fi­cial web­site (www.worldsbk.com) said the 35year-old, who rides for the Red Bull Honda team, was hit while train­ing near the east coast re­sort of Ri­mini fol­low­ing a race at Imola.

“Am­bu­lances ar­rived and Hayden was taken di­rectly to the hospi­tal,” it added.

The state­ment did not say how se­vere any in­juries might be. Me­dia re­ports said the “Ken­tucky Kid“, who won the Mo­toGP cham­pi­onship on a Honda in 2006, was in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

He last raced in the cham­pi­onship in Spain in Septem­ber 2016 as a stand-in for in­jured Aus­tralian Jack Miller at the pri­vately-run Marc VDS Honda team. Hayden started 216 races be­tween 2003 and 2015, win­ning three.

Michele Scar­poni, the 2011 Giro d’Italia cy­cling cham­pion, was killed last month af­ter be­ing hit by a van while train­ing close to his home in Filot­trano in east­ern Italy.

Bri­tain’s Tour de France cham­pion Chris Froome es­caped un­hurt this month while hav­ing his bike writ­ten off in a hit-and-run in­ci­dent in France. Reuters

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