Hayden aggravated by pain in wrist

Hayden aggravated by pain in wrist
Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Nicky Hayden was left disappointed during Monday’s post-Grand Prix test in Jerez, as the 2006 World Champion was aggravated by an old wrist injury.

The Drive M7 Aspar rider had planned to sample various bike setup choices, with track time having been limited across the race weekend practice sessions, but was unable to do so properly due to the pain which had begun on Saturday.

"On Saturday night, after dinner, it felt quite sore," Hayden explains. "I just thought it was this track and the hard braking, especially in the right-handers, but during the night I woke up in a lot of pain and then the race was really, really painful. Thankfully, the Clinica Mobile helped me a lot to get through it.

I had surgery on this wrist and a lot of problems last year, but (since then) it had felt great. I came back and it was a little bit sore in the Malaysia test (in early February), but since then I have had zero problems, full strength and it felt great.”

"I’m not sure what it is. We have done some x-rays on it here and nothing shows up wrong – just a lot of inflammation of the joint. I know that joint from operations and other injuries; I know that I have some arthritis in there and that something triggered it. Nevertheless, I will go home (on Tuesday), get some deeper scans and try to find out more about why it happened."

Discussing whether or not this may affect his participation in the upcoming French Grand Prix at Le Mans in two weekends’ time, the American concluded:

"It is what it is. I’ll live and we’ll move on. If I had had to start the (Jerez) weekend in this condition, maybe it would have been impossible to race, but I don’t want to speculate. We will see the doctors, get the information and treatment and go from there."

Despite the pain, Hayden was still able to finish 11th in Sunday’s Jerez race as he crossed the finish line as the leading rider on a customer Honda RCV1000R.

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