MotoGP » Nicky Hayden needs shoulder surgery

"I'm actually happy that I tried to ride at Malaysia, because it helped me to discover that the problem with the shoulder was bigger than we thought" - Nicky Hayden.

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pcxmac - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 7:44 PM

Most #2 riders dont get those kinds of opportunities chas. Nicky seems to be loyal, and it paid of in 2006, but I cant see Nicky retiring from Ducati, hes still got a few more years in him and I doubt Ducati want to keep him on for that long. Nicky needs to be able to contend with Rossi this year and not straggle behind (seemingly under perform) him like last year if he wants to help his credibility this year. MotoGP needs more variety and riders on the grid. Riders like Nicky need the opportunity to succeed with out having to depend on two or three teams.

Brian C. - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 10:38 PM

For all those wondering, it's "Kenlucky Kid" (who for some reason is so jealous and envious of Hayden he talks nothing but smack and negative things about him ALL THE TIME) is the only person who is hitting "disagree" on any comments that are kind to Hayden. I know the Hayden family and they are good people. Nicky is busting his tail off for Ducati (as he did for the VERY UNGRATEFUL Honda Corp). Don't discount Hayden on a 1000. I think, if Ducati gets things sorted out, you'll see Nicky battling for podium spots. Maybe not a win but definitely in the top 5 every race. (*waits for Kenlucky's negative comment*)

MM - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 5:23 AM

The person who wondered why Hayden didn't recognise the need for surgery before the Sepang test clearly doesn't realise how much effort it takes to ride at race pace. The bikes are not just faster than last year, they're significantly heavier too, and even the healthy riders* were getting fatigued and "discovering aches in muscles they didn't know they had", which is why they train on motocross bikes to try to retain some "bike fitness" as opposed to just running, cycling or swimming. If you've never ridden on slicks, (let alone carbon brakes), it's impossible to imagine the forces that these riders endure.

*Perhaps that should be 'relatively healthy' as they've all suffered an accumulation of injuries in their careers.

pcxmac - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 7:28 AM

Ill bet you all the aches and pains coming out of the mouths of the riders have more to do with them being out of shape than 4kg of suspended weight.

Marc - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 3:11 PM

Agree with Enrico that they waited too long for this surgery. But hope it goes well and that he heals quickly. As it's close to the start of the season I wonder if they'll consider a replacement rider for the 1st race or two if he isn't healed properly. If Ducati considers a temporary rider it would be nice to see Bayliss on the bike for a short stint.

Marc - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 3:19 PM

Brian while I've never been a big Nicky fan I do think he's a nice guy and a talented rider but not in the class of the top riders. I know that many fans say he got a raw deal with Honda but they did keep him for a few years after he won the Championship as loyalty for winning that year. Also,how long has he been with Ducati? I think that due to being a nice guy, hard worker, and being a good representative for the American market has kept him on teams longer than other riders. That said, I hope he heals quickly and does well as Ducati sorts the new bike.

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