Hayden raring to go

Wednesday, 15 September 2004

Hayden raring to go

Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden has recovered from a collabone injury which forced him out from the Portuguese GP and is set to race in this weekend Camel Grand Prix of Japan.

The 22 year-old from Kentucky admitted that sitting out the Estoril race was a frustrating experience, but he's now looking forward to coming back to the track where he was awarded his first MotoGP podium, in 2003. Hayden eventually inherited third after Makoto Tamada was disqualified, but this time, the american youngster aims to earn a good result on the track.

"I'm real looking forward to getting back to action this weekend. Portugal was so painful really," commented Hayden. "Not because of my collarbone, which now feels pretty good, but because it was so hard to see the guys out there and me not being able to mix it. The best thing to do was just to go and give the bone time to heal but knowing there was a race on and I wasn't in it was real hard. The collarbone seems pretty solid as its plated and screwed and I guess is doing well as it was only broken just over two weeks ago and my knee is still pretty sore though its getting better every day."

"I liked Motegi – the tunnels are kinda' cool - and want to look at the race as being the first race in the next part of the season," stressed the american, who currently lies in ninth position overall. "There have been some good parts to this year but it hasn't gone totally to plan. I so want to finish the year on a high and I'll be doing everything I can to make it happen."

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