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Nicky Hayden’s condition unchanged, still ‘extremely critical’


American World Superbike Championship rider and 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden remains in an “extremely critical” condition after being hit by a car while training earlier this week.

Hayden was out training on his bicycle in Italy when he was struck by a car, suffering head and chest injuries that left him in a critical condition.

A statement confirmed on Thursday that Hayden had suffered severe brain damage as a result of the trauma, with an update being issued by his WSBK team, Red Bull Honda, on Friday.

“The clinical picture of Nicky Hayden remains unchanged. His condition is still extremely critical,” the statement reads.

“He is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and the prognosis stays reserved.”

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: