Having recently undergone major wrist surgery, involving the removal of some small bones, Nicky Hayden will put his healing wrist to the ultimate test at Motegi this weekend.

The Japanese circuit features the hardest braking on the MotoGP calendar - and will be followed in quick succession by events in Australia and Malaysia, leaving little time for recovery.

Having only returned to MotoGP action two weeks ago at Aragon, where he took a ninth place finish in the dry-wet race, the Aspar Honda rider admits it's 'not ideal'.

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"I love racing in Japan and I have had some good times there in the past, in fact last year I started from the front row at Motegi, which was good," said Hayden. "This weekend will be tough because I am still working hard physically to get back to my best shape and Motegi is a demanding track, with some of the hardest braking on the whole calendar.

"Obviously that's not ideal for a rider that has undergone major wrist surgery recently, but at Arag?n I was able to get a feel for riding again and I am looking forward to giving my best to be as fast and competitive as possible in Japan.

"This is still a recovery phase for me and I know it will take another couple of races to get back to full strength, but I will not stop working until we get there. It's a demanding three weeks ahead but I love the flyaway races because we go to three very different but equally interesting circuits."


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Makes sense a Wild card factory rider keep it in house test it