MotoGP, Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Stoner remember Nicky

Nicky Hayden

The NASCAR community on Monday extended its condolences to the family of motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden, 35, who died five days after being hit by a vehicle while training on his bicycle in Italy.

Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, suffered head and chest injuries in the collision and was transferred to the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where he was treated in the intensive care unit.

"A true Champion on and off track, Hayden will be deeply missed", they said.

Judicial authorities have opened an investigation into the incident and questioned the 30-year-old driver of the Peugeot. "We will never forget you", he wrote.

The Ducati Team riders, taking part in testing today and tomorrow at the Montmelò circuit in Barcelona, have had their thoughts on Nicky Hayden, who passed away yesterday as a result of injuries sustained in a road accident that occurred in Italy last Wednesday.

Fellow motorcycle racers reacted to Hayden's death on Twitter.

Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006, finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great Valentino Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo, who had numerous battles with Nicky for eight seasons in MotoGP until 2015 when the American switched to World Superbike, commented: "It's very sad news". We are all so proud of that. He is 13th in this season's Superbike standings.

HRC President, Yoshishige Nomura said, "On behalf of all HRC employees and our racing teams, I wish to express my deepest condolences to Nicky Hayden's family, his fiancee and his many friends".

After switching to the World Superbike championship a year ago, Hayden finished fifth in the 2016 standings.

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