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Nicky Hayden ‘already thinking about next year’

“It takes patience... I made the decision thinking about being healthy for the end of the season and already thinking about next year” - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden's recovery is 'on course' - despite the announcement that he will be replaced by Leon Camier at the Drive M7 Aspar team for the next two MotoGP rounds.

After struggling with his right wrist since early May and undergoing surgery at the start of June, the former world champion required a second operation last Wednesday. Hayden returned for a check-up earlier this week.

According to Dr. James Chao, the physician in charge of the surgery, 'the procedure was a success and his recovery is on track. The American rider will gradually regain movement in his wrist'.

However the need for adequate recovery time has forced Hayden to miss the upcoming MotoGP rounds at Indianapolis (August 10) and the Czech Republic (August 17), meaning a possible return at Silverstone on August 31.

"Although undergoing surgery is not usually a positive thing - not least because you lose a lot of time - I'm happy with how the operation went last week. Sometimes it is difficult, but we know that injuries are part of our sport and we must learn to manage them,” said Hayden.

“Everyone knows that my wrist has been causing me problems, especially at recent races. I underwent an operation in June, which helped me to complete the first half of the season, but the truth is I've been riding with a lot of discomfort, and have been unable to perform at my best.

“So, together with the team, we decided to make an important decision and undergo a larger operation to treat an injury that comes from three years ago - when I broke my scaphoid and did not heal well. According to Dr. Chao the operation was a success and I am very happy, and focusing on my recovery.

“My right wrist still needs to be immobilised for another week. Then I will begin rehabilitation therapy, and I'll slowly recover mobility. I want to thank the team, sponsors and fans for all the support they are giving me at this time.

“In the first examination, a week after surgery, I received an injection of platelet-rich plasma to help heal bones. According to the doctor my recovery is on course, which is very positive.

“It takes patience, but if I have made the decision to have surgery it is to get back to my best. I made the decision thinking about being healthy for the end of the season and already thinking about next year."

Hayden recently reiterated that he has a two-year contract with Aspar and is thinking of nothing but remaining at the team for 2015, when they expect to get much needed upgraded machinery from Honda - the new Open class bike having struggled for engine performance this year.

Having previously missed the Mugello round due to his wrist issues, Hayden is 13th in the world championship, four points behind the highest placed RCV1000R of Scott Redding and one point ahead of team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama.

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July 25, 2014 8:08 AM

Obviously, the wrist, particularly the right wrist. is a crucial joint to a motorcycle racer. Let's hope the procedure corrects Nick's injury. You know Hayden would love to race in front of his hometown fans and really likes Brno as well. Sitting around stinks. The team is doing the smart thing and thinking long term. Good wrist, performance upgrades, better results to follow in 2015.

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