Nicky Hayden had a difficult time doing his practice runs at the Mugello circuit in Italy, for the upcoming MotoGP race on Sunday. The Drive M7 Aspar rider ventured out on the track on Friday but was able to complete only twelve laps before the pain became so unbearable that he had to cut it short. His doctors have already confirmed that Nicky Hayden will be heading back to the States after Sunday for surgery sometime later this week.
A decision will be made today (Saturday) regarding his continued participation at Mugello.
“I had a lot of pain in my hand today,” the 2006 MotoGP World Champion said in a team release. “I thought the break after the last race at Le Mans would be enough for me, but here the problem is worse. I worked really hard last week to try and recover with different kinds of therapy and a hyperbaric chamber but the injury to my right wrist has not improved.
“In France I was able to ride through the pain, but this circuit is much faster and more demanding. After talking to the doctors it seems the smartest move is to undergo surgery next week in order to be fully fit again as soon as possible. It’s not really improved a whole lot, as much as we’d have hoped. Of course falling on it again in Le Mans didn’t help. I’m riding with painkillers at the moment. It’s not ideal.”
We wish The Kentucky Kid all the best for his upcoming surgery.