Hayden unable to continue at Mugello

Saturday, 31 May 2014

DRIVE M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden was unable to ride at Mugello on Saturday due to wrist pain and plans to undergo surgery in Italy on Tuesday.

After completing just 11 laps on Friday Hayden took the decision just moments before FP3 at the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM that he will take no further part in the sixth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

The American has suffered with the problem since round four in Spain but treatment in between races has allowed him to continue racing. However, at such a demanding circuit as Mugello the swelling and pain became unbearable and the best option for 'The Kentucky Kid' was to pull out.

Hayden is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery at 8am next Tuesday in Italy. The exploratory operation will be conducted by hand specialist Riccardo Luchetti, who will hopefully be able to identify the cause of the problem whilst cleaning up the affected area and reducing the swelling so that Hayden can return to competitive action as soon as possible.

The former MotoGP World Champion explained, “My wrist isn't getting any better so as hard a decision as it is to take the best thing for me is to listen to the doctors and skip this race. We need to stop thinking about riding and start thinking about a plan for the operation next week and my subsequent recovery. Mugello is a fast and physical circuit at the best of times but with the pain and loss of strength in my right hand it was getting really difficult to brake properly and it was risky to continue.”

“It is a shame to miss any race but especially Mugello, a circuit I love. It's also a shame for the team because we are really starting to build something together and we are understanding how to make progress more quickly during the weekend. My mechanics are working hard to make things easy for me and to give me the chance to get faster. I feel bad to miss this round, for the team and the sponsors.”

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