MotoGP » Nicky Hayden breaks shoulder, ribs

"I came up behind another rider, and he went to move out of the way. I wasn't going that fast, but he clipped my front wheel and I went down and landed pretty hard on my left shoulder, and that was it" - Nicky Hayden.

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December 30, 2011 12:17 AM

Dirt biking to keep in shape is just plain nonsense.

If I owned a Team and either of my Racers thought about getting on a dirt bike, I'd plant a kick in their jewels so quickly that there would be proof of faster than light objects.

My replacement workout over dirt biking would consist of safely rolling around the floor moaning and groaning.

Just to ensure the message sunk in as they're recuperating, I would ask, this time tying a steel toe work boot to my kicking leg, .... 'so, still thinking about dirt tracking?'

JC Racing - Unregistered

December 30, 2011 12:25 AM

Slow riders trying to get out of the way are one of the most dangerous things one can find at track days and club races, both on tarmac and on dirt. I've had some pretty close calls with that myself.


December 30, 2011 1:34 AM

Bad luck for Hayden, but how are he and the others supposed to keep in touch with the feel of a sliding motorcycle if they don't ride dirtbikes in the off season.
Many of the Aust and USA riders come from off road backgrounds and use dirtbikes offseason to refresh their skills. Could be also that they enjoy it as well.
The question is how to do it with minimal risk and a minimum number of other riders being involved would be a start.

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