Biker InCite Copyright | May 22, 2107 3:21pm
Another Motorcycle Racer Gone to Soon
While in Italy for a May 17th Superbike championship race, Nicky Hayden 35, was involved in a bicycle/car accident that left him severely injured and in ICU suffering from “serious cerebral damage.” With his family at his side he passed away five days later in the intensive care unit at Cesena’s Maurizio Bufalini Hospital. The hospital has released a statement concerning Hayden’s death. The statement reads: “The medical college has confirmed the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, recovering from Wednesday May 17 in a hospital intensive care unit of Cesena Bufalini as a result of serious multiple injuries occurred on that date.”
Hayden was in his 13th season, riding for the Red Bull Honda Team as number 69. He won the MotoGP championship in 2006.
“It is with great sadness that Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has to announce that Nicky Hayden has succumbed to injuries suffered during an incident while riding his bicycle last Wednesday.Nicky passed away at 19:09 CEST this evening at Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy. His fiancé Jackie, mother Rose and brother Tommy were at his side. Throughout his career Nick’s professionalism and fighting spirit was greatly valued and carried him to numerous successes, including his childhood dream of being crowned MotoGP World Champion with Honda in 2006. As well as being a true champion on the track, Nicky was a fan favorite off it due to his kind nature, relaxed demeanor, and the huge smile he invariably carried everywhere. Nothing says more about Nicky’s character than the overwhelming response expressed by fellow racers and his legions of fans over the past few days. Jackie and his family are truly grateful for the countless prayers and well wishes for Nicky. The Kentucky Kid will be sorely missed by all that ever had the pleasure of meeting him or the privilege to see him race a motorcycle around a track, be it dirt or asphalt.The racing world says goodbye to one of its dearest sons. Rest in peace Nicholas Nicky Patrick Hayden.
Statement from Tommy Hayden
On behalf of the whole Hayden family and Nicky’s fiancé Jackie I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support “ it has been a great comfort to us all knowing that Nicky has touched so many people’s lives in such a positive way. Although this is obviously a sad time, we would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest riding a motorcycle. He dreamed as a kid of being a pro rider and not only achieved that but also managed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport in becoming World Champion. We are all so proud of that.Apart from these public memories, we will also have many great and happy memories of Nicky at home in Kentucky, in the heart of the family. We will all miss him terribly. It is also important for us to thank all the hospital staff for their incredible support they have been very kind. With the further support of the authorities in the coming days we hope to have Nicky home soon.”
Nickey Hayden.com 2016