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German MotoGP: Hayden 'I need to get healthy'

“It's tough to ride this bike with one arm” - Nicky Hayden.
One rider pleased to start the MotoGP summer break more than most is Nicky Hayden, who admits he needs to spend time recovering from his wrist injury with the aim of being closer to fitness in Indianapolis next month.

The 2006 world champion tweaked his right wrist during round three at Jerez, the ongoing inflammation prompting the Drive M7 Aspar Honda rider to withdraw from Mugello and head for surgery.

Hayden has scored points twice in the three events since on the Production Honda, but is far from his full potential.

"I need to go home and get healthy,” Hayden said at the Sachsenring. “I keep 'crying' about it and it sounds like I'm complaining, but the truth is that I'm really suffering a lot and it's tough to ride this bike with one arm. I'll go home and see some doctors and see what we can do."

The rain just before the start of Sunday's Sachsenring race left Hayden somewhat disappointed, the American feeling he would have been better placed for a strong result in fully dry conditions.

Instead Hayden was one of the riders who lost out in the damp early stages, completing the first lap 23rd and last before riding to an eventual 14th place.

"We're not really happy with today because the team improved the bike from Saturday to this morning and I'm not really happy because I had really good pace today, it wasn't so different than Dovizioso at the end, but I lost too much time at the beginning” he said. “I came around 23rd and was racing with Hernandez and let those guys get away from me.”

Hayden's best race lap was 0.182s behind Scott Redding, who finished as the top RCV1000R rider in eleventh.

"I had decent pace and could catch Aoyama and Abraham to get within a second on the last lap but I'm not really satisfied because this weekend we were capable of more,” he continued. “Leaving the pits some guys were more aggressive than me but the main thing was that I couldn't get past Hernandez, he was strong on the brakes. I passed him a couple of times but we were just racing and everyone else got away from us and I lost a lot of time."

Commenting on the mass pit lane start caused by 14 riders switching bikes at the end of the formation lap, Hayden brushed off claims that any rule changes were needed.

"Racing is always going to be dangerous but it was very odd conditions. I started from pitlane like that at Valencia [2012] but there were only three of us that day. Today was nearly a full grid on the tightest pit exit of the calendar, but I think that we can manage ok."

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July 15, 2014 4:06 PM

Might be time for a move to the more diverse and interesting series. Nicky is not 98 lbs and in his early 20's. These GP bikes are made for little jockeys now, and with his passport he is not getting access to the best machinery possible. Take no shame in racing elsewhere, as no one wants to see you circulate at the tail end.... which is the spot which has been provided for you. Go revitalize your career in Supers, remember these are machines made for men. The 2-wheeled Spanish jockey super-computer that is GP will only make the rest of your days a depressing hell. I have no doubt that with a good team in sbk he can ride at the front again. Don't let pride make you a slave to the series you "think" is the one you belong in.

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