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Hayden out of Brno with foot injury

Hayden out of Brno with foot injury

2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden has pulled out of the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske republiky with a heel injury.

In a big blow for his and Repsol Honda´s 2008 season, Nicky Hayden has been ruled out of action at the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske republiky with a foot injury. The American had picked up a knock on his heel when participating in the recent Supermoto event at the X Games, part of his extra-curricular activity over the summer break, but the severity of the injury had not been expected to sideline him this weekend.

Hayden was advised against participating at Brno this week by Dr. Arthur Ting, his trusted surgeon, and specialists yesterday strongly recommended a late withdrawal from riding until the upcoming visit to Misano. The calcaneus blow will not require surgery, but rest and rehabilitation have been prescribed.

`The injury is to a weight-bearing part of the foot and the doctors say that using too much pressure on the pegs could very easily give me some big problems,´ explains Hayden, who had been looking forward to the chance of opening up the gas of his pneumatic valve Honda engine at one of the most suited tracks for the RC212V motor.

`I went to Dr Ting and got the opinion of other specialists. I´ve done a lot with Ting, he knows the sport very well and he feels it would be quite risky to ride. He and the other specialists say that if I rode this week I might have to fight the injury for the rest of the year,´ continued the Repsol Honda rider.

`As hard a decision as it is and as bad as I feel about it, I think I´m better off staying home doing rehab and physio, then come back fit at Misano and try to finish the season strong. There´s been a lot of guys this year trying to ride less than a hundred per cent and actually making their problems worse.´

It will be the second race in succession that Repsol Honda have been unable to field a full lineup, with Dani Pedrosa having withdrawn from the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix after the initial practice sessions.

`I certainly feel bad about it for my team and I apologise. I had the permission of HRC to do the Supermoto thing. I just wanted to do some riding during the break, have some fun and I thought that maybe it´d give me a little spark for the rest of the season, but it backfired on me,´ concluded Hayden frankly.

The Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske republiky will be the first race that the `Kentucky Kid´ has missed since the 2004 Portuguese round. He will obviously also miss the post-race test held at Brno.

MotoGP, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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