The 2006 MotoGP world champion was involved in a serious accident in Italy on the 17th of May. Hayden, on his bicycle was hit by a car which sent him crashing hard onto the windshield. He had sustained serious injuries to the head and was quickly transferred to the local Maurizio Bufalini hospital in Cesena.
Here’s a video showing the scene of the accident.
Doctors then soon confirmed that Hayden had suffered severe brain damage and was in a very critical condition. Hayden was doing bicycle training on the Rimini coastline when the unfortunate incident occurred. He succumbed to his injuries on Monday, the 22nd of May.
Hayden was in Italy training after his World Superbike Championship race at Imola. He made appearances in MotoGP as recent as last year when he replaced an injured Dani Pedrosa on one of the factory Hondas.
It is a great loss for the motorsport community to lose a World Champion in this way. All our prayers are with Hayden’s family.