Nicky Hayden insists he will return to the MotoGP grid for the upcoming San Marino Grand Prix even though he is still suffering from the effects of the injury that ruled him out of the Brno round.
Hayden was forced to pull out of the previous MotoGP event after injuring his foot during an X-Games Supermoto event earlier this month, but while he remains on crutches, he has vowed to get back on the Repsol Honda bike for Misano regardless.
Adding that he has done everything he can to achieve a speedy recovery, Hayden will once again assume duties on the pneumatic-valve RC212V where he is bidding to improve on his eighth place in the overall standings.
“I'm certainly excited to be getting back out there with the boys, because I hated missing Brno,” he said. “I've been doing all the old 'voodoo' stuff they tell you to do: bone stimulators, lasers, ultrasound, all that stuff, I'm doing everything possible to get back. I had hoped my progress would be quicker.
“I still need crutches at this stage, but unless something goes south I definitely plan on trying to ride. I've been seeing doctors, and I'm going to get something moulded to wear in my boot. I've been doing some training in the pool and a few things at the gym, nothing too crazy.”
Returning to the circuit where he finished a lowly 13th last year, Hayden likens Misano to Laguna Seca, even if he admits he would rather be going in the opposite direction, just as they did in the past…
“Misano is almost a Laguna without the hills, it's a tight little scrappy track where you need a bike you can be aggressive with. I enjoyed it last year but I'd just as soon they flipped it back around and go the old direction for those big lefts that used to go on to the back straightaway, I remember seeing the old 500s guys riding those on TV.”