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Hayden positive after qualifying crash

Hayden positive after qualifying crash

The Ducati Team rider chipped the tip of the radius bone in his left arm during qualifying at Brno, but will ride on in tomorrow’s race after securing a third row position on the grid.

Nicky Hayden had an eventful qualifying session for the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic on Saturday, taking eighth place on the starting grid and experiencing a crash 15 minutes from the end of the session.

The American was setting off to achieve a faster lap time on softer tyres when he went down at turn three, chipping the tip of the radius in his left arm in the process.

“We started out well and on my first exit on a hard tyre I was able to improve my lap time quite a lot. We got into the 1’57s quite quickly and I thought we were in good shape to have a shot at a good grid position,” said Hayden, whose best time was limited to a turn of 1’57.635 due to his fall.

“Unfortunately my first flying lap on the softer tyre ended in turn three – I just lost the front quite early on entry, and I don’t know why. Looking at the data, the brake pressure and speed were the same as my previous runs. We need to have a look at that and understand it tonight. Luckily it wasn’t too heavy and everything on my body is fine other than my left hand. It must have got caught under the bike because it’s very sore and even though we tried to go back out I couldn’t change direction.”

Despite the confirmation of his injury Hayden fully intends to go all out for tomorrow’s race as he aims for a first podium of the campaign.

“We’ve had it checked out by X-ray which showed we took a little chunk off the tip of the radius, which isn’t good, but my scaphoid is okay and that’s the main thing because I have a screw in there and it’s not damaged,” explained Hayden. “It’s not too painful but we’ll have to wait and see how it goes over 22 laps on the bike tomorrow.”

MotoGP, 2010, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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