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Nicky Hayden in ‘extremely serious’ condition with severe brain damage

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2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden remains in an “extremely serious” condition following a road accident on Wednesday that has left him with severe brain damage.

Hayden was struck by a car while training on a bicycle in the Rimini region, requiring medical attention at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

The American motorcycle rider was placed in a medically-induced coma and moved hospital, with the latest update being issued at 11am ET on Thursday on MotoGP’s website.

“Nicky Hayden’s condition remains extremely serious. 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 consequence,” the statement reads.

“The prognosis remains unknown.

“Hayden was involved in a training accident whilst cycling in Italy. The American superstar was hit by a car whilst out cycling along the Rimini coast, where he has been spending some time following the recent Motul Italian Round of WorldSBK.

“Emergency services were immediately called to the scene and Hayden was transported to local hospital. The 2006 Champion has since been moved to Cesena hospital.

“More updates will come as soon as they are announced.”

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

TRUCKS

CARS

QUADS

 

MOTORCYCLES