Kentuckian Nicky Hayden reportedly in coma after vehicle hits his bicycle

The Honda World Superbike factory rider was cycling with friends when a auto is said to have struck him, causing him to hit the bonnet and windscreen at high speed, before landing on the road.

It has been reported by motorsport.com that he remains in a serious condition.

Photographs published by local media outlets showed substantial damage to the front windscreen of the auto and the bicycle.

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

"There are no substantial changes from what was communicated yesterday evening", said the statement.

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Hayden stayed in Italy after he competed in the fifth series of the World Superbike championship that was held in Imola on May 13-14.

The medical teams are working hard, and we will provide updates as soon as they are available....

Messages of support have flooded in for the American from all over the world with the racing community desperate for news of Hayden's recovery.

Nicky Hayden looks on in pit during day three of the Sepang MotoGP Tests. The 35-year-old Hayden who won the MotoGP title in 2006 was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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