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Injured Hayden may sit out Misano test

16 September 2012

Ducati's Nicky Hayden will make a decision on whether or not to participate in a team test at Misano tomorrow morning as he continues to struggle with a hand injury.

The American rider, who battled through the pain barrier to finish seventh in the San Marino Grand Prix ahead of Repsol Honda's Jonathan Rea, hopes his damaged hand will be much improved for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship at Aragon in Spain at the end of September.

“I felt bad enough this morning that we considered not racing, but being here in Italy, I wanted to at least try,” said Hayden, who suffered the injury in a crash at Indianapolis.

“This track seems to provide a lot of drama, and I thought if I could just stay clean and get to the finish, I might salvage somewhat of a result.

“I knew it was going to be extremely difficult. Unless you've ever used carbon brakes with a Bridgestone front tyre, you don't realise how hard you can squeeze the lever on a MotoGP bike now, and a couple of laps, I had to slow down to try to let my hand recover.

“It wasn't very strong, and it was really painful, but I was able to hang on and get a seventh today.

“Hopefully I can start building up for the rest of the season.”

Hayden paid tribute to his team-mate Valentino Rossi, who secured the runner-spot behind Jorge Lorenzo.

“It's great to see Vale on the podium, and it's a well-deserved reward for all the effort by Filippo, his staff, the team, and the factory.”




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