Injured factory Ducati MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden has been told he won't require surgery.
Hayden broke his left shoulder blade and fractured two ribs while training at an indoor flat track facility near his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky on December 27.
The 2006 world champion recently travelled to California to have the scapula reassessed by Dr. Arthur Ting, after which he wrote the following message on his official @NickyHayden69 Twitter account:
“Good check up at the Doc. No surgery needed”
The American, who was riding a motorcycle for the first time since breaking his scaphoid at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on November 6, suffered the training injuries during a "freak accident" when a slower rider tried to move out of his way.
Like Andrea Dovizioso, who has broken his collarbone in a motocross accident
, Hayden faces a fitness battle to heal in time for the first 2012 MotoGP test at Sepang on January 31st.
Hayden also made his views known following a spate of comments from fans questioning why road racers put themselves at risk by training on motocross bikes during the winter.
Hayden retweeted a comment by Moto2 star Bradley Smith which said “Do you think Racers would ride Motocross if we didn't feel it was of 'benefit' to us #readingstupidcomments” adding the words “true that”.
The #69 now heads for the annual Ducati/Ferrari Wrooom media event in the snow-covered mountains of Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, from January 8-15 - although Hayden's injuries mean he will miss out on many of the activities.