Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden is in an “extremely critical” condition and has his family by his side after suffering “serious cerebral damage” in a cycling accident on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old American collided with a car while cycling on the Rimini coastline.
He had raced in the World Superbike Championship in Italy last Sunday.
Hayden, who has been racing for Red Bull Honda’s World Superbike team, won the MotoGP championship in 2006.
“The young man, who is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Bufalini hospital, has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage,” a hospital statement read.
“The prognosis remains reserved.”
Polytrauma is a medical term to describe the condition of a person who has multiple traumatic injuries.