OWENSBORO, Ky. — official release — MotoGP photo — Nicky Hayden will not be able to compete in the next two rounds of the MotoGP World Championship as he recovers from surgery on his right wrist.
Hayden underwent his first examination on Tuesday and was told his recovery is favorable, but he will have to miss the next two races in order to return 100 percent. The Drive M7 Aspar team will get Leon Camier to stand in for the 2006 World Champion.
After undergoing surgery on his right wrist at the Oasis Center of San Diego last Wednesday, and after resting for several days, Hayden was examined on Tuesday for the first time since the operation. According to Dr. James Chao, the physician in charge of the surgery, the procedure was a success and his recovery is on track. The American rider will gradually regain movement in his wrist.
Hayden has had his wrist immobilised and has been resting since Wednesday of last week, but this Tuesday he underwent his first review. During the examination he was injected with platelet-rich plasma to help regenerate bone structure and also received magnetic therapy to accelerate the healing of the operated area. The need for adequate recovery time requires Hayden to miss the MotoGP rounds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Czech Republic.
“Although undergoing surgery is not usually a positive thing – not least because you lose a lot of time – I’m happy with how the operation went last week,” Hayden said. “Sometimes it is difficult, but we know that injuries are part of our sport and we must learn to manage them.
“Everyone knows that my wrist has been causing me problems, especially at recent races,” Hayden said. “I underwent an operation in June, which helped me to complete the first half of the season, but the truth is I’ve been riding with a lot of discomfort, and have been unable to perform at my best. So, together with the team, we decided to make an important decision and undergo a larger operation to treat an injury that comes from three years ago – when I broke my scaphoid and did not heal well.
“According to Dr. Chao the operation was a success and I am very happy, and focusing on my recovery. My right wrist still needs to be immobilised for another week. Then I will begin rehabilitation therapy, and I’ll slowly recover mobility,” Hayden said.