Motorcycle Champion Hayden Dies After Bicycle Crash

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CESENA, Italy (AP) -- Motorcycle racer and Owensboro, Kentucky native Nicky Hayden has died, five days after being hit by a car while training on his bicycle in Italy.    He was 35.

Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, was transported to a hospital following the incident on the Rimini coast on Wednesday. 

Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006, finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great Valentino Rossi.   Hayden was 13th in this season's Superbike standings, riding for the Red Bull Honda team.

Several family members had flown in from the United States, including Hayden's mother and brother.


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