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Nicky Hayden broke his left scapula and fractured two ribs in a training accident near his home in Kentucky this week. The American was riding a motorcycle for the first time since his nasty crash on the opening lap of the Valencian Grand Prix, but made contact with a rival's bike and fell heavily at the flat track indoor venue.
"Obviously, injuries are never good, but it’s part of motorcycle racing," 30-year-old Hayden explained. "Just like at Valencia, it was kind of a freak accident. I was starting to train again, like I normally do during the winter, at a private track near my house.
"I came up behind another rider, and he went to move out of the way. I wasn’t going that fast, but he clipped my front wheel and I went down and landed pretty hard on my left shoulder, and that was it.
"It’s disappointing, but there’s nothing to do about it but heal quickly. Anyway, this doesn’t change my expectations for 2012 which, fortunately, is just around the corner."
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