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Hayden: “I had a little accident and broke my thumb”

Hayden: “I had a little accident and broke my thumb”

A training injury sees Hayden head to the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon with the handicap of a broken right thumb.

As an American rider, returning home between GP weekends can often be unrealistic for Nicky Hayden due to the travel time. Between the San Marino and Aragon GPs the ‘Kentucky Kid’ elected to remain in Italy and continue his physical training, unfortunately during a session on a minimoto Hayden suffered a broken right thumb. The Aspar MotoGP Team rider is confident he’ll be able to participate in the weekend’s racing, but will have to wait until after practice to understand his condition fully. The right hand is often seen as the worst to injury as is it with the right hand that riders control throttle and braking.

Aragon has produced mixed results for Hayden, in 2010 an incredible move saw the then Ducati rider finish third ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Hayden’s lone podium finish on the Ducati that season. Two years later saw a less than preferable end to Hayden’s Aragon GP as he crashed early in the race, flipping over a trackside barrier but luckily remaining uninjured. Last year saw Hayden claim a solid ninth position on the Open Honda in a rain effected race, he remains optimistic of a positive result this weekend despite his injury

Nicky Hayden: “Aragon is next, it's quite a unique track with a lot of elevation and it's quite technical, with some blind entries and downhill braking. It's certainly not an easy track and I haven't made it any easier this year because I had a little accident training on minimotos in Italy and broke my thumb. I have seen the doctors and had the scans and I am optimistic I'll still be able to race but we will have to see on Friday how I feel. Unfortunately it's the right thumb, which is always a little bit worse, but I have been doing a lot of therapy in the last days and I definitely feel a bit better. We weren't having an easy season as it is and this won't make it easier but injuries are as much a part of this game as finding a set-up for your bike! Hopefully we can go there and still have a positive weekend.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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