Nicky Hayden Suffering From Serious Cerebral Damage: Prognosis

The smashed window of the car that hit Nicky Hayden

Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment.

The American, who has been racing for Red Bull Honda's World Superbike team, collided with a vehicle near Rimini Wednesday. "The prognosis remains reserved".

"Nicky Hayden's clinical condition remains extremely critical". Due to his critical condition, he was transferred to the Bufalini Hospital.

He suffered head and chest injuries in the accident and has been placed in an induced coma, according to reports.

He had competed in the Superbike World Championship races at Imola last weekend.

His brother Tommy and mother Rose have flown in from the United States to be by his bedside with Hayden's fiance Jackie, Team Honda wrote on its website.

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"Nicky often visits Motor Ranch, where I'm always amazed to see him act, and try to share secrets, and fight together, because he is one of the fastest flat-trackers in the world, and before racing on the asphalt he won the most American Flat Track race Prestigious as Peoria TT", Rossi said.

"We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages of support and the assistance of emergency and medical services".

Italy's Valentino Rossi, the man Hayden edged to win his world title, led the tributes to him on social media.

"Nicky is one of the best friends I have had in the paddock", said the Italian, who lost the 2006 title to his friend by just five points.

He started 216 races between 2003 and 2015, winning three. Stay close as we will keep you updated on his condition as soon as new details emerge.

Below are tweets from his former teammate Casey Stoner, reigning world champion Marc Marquez, Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo and others praying for the American rider's quick recovery.

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