A couple of days ago, news broke that Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Nicky Hayden had been involved in a collision with a car while cycling near Rimini, Italy. He is currently in a critical condition, and remains in intensive care in an Italian hospital – and his friend Valentino Rossi has penned a letter to the ‘Kentucky Kid’ wishing him the speediest of recoveries.

Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment. Once Hayden’s condition was stabilised, he was transferred to Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

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The Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy said: “Nicky Hayden’s clinical condition remains extremely critical. The young man, who is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Bufalini hospital, has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage. The prognosis remains reserved.”

Valentino Rossi has published a letter to Nicky on Facebook, remembering the good moments that they shared on and off track during the 13 seasons they competed together in the MotoGP – and wishing the current WSBK rider the speediest of recoveries.