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Ducati has confirmed that Nicky Hayden will have an operation on Monday in order to speed up the recovery of his damaged left shoulder. During Sepang testing last week, the American rider’s running time was limited as he continued to suffer pain.
After the test, the 2006 MotoGP World Champion headed directly from Kuala Lumpur to Fremont in California in order to undergo a thorough examination; damage to the cartilage of the shoulder and back muscles was confirmed and surgery will take place later today.
“Of course another operation before the season is never a good thing,” Hayden says. “but I’m actually happy that I tried to ride at Malaysia because it helped me to discover that the problem with the shoulder was bigger than we thought.
“After seeing the scans, it was clear why I couldn’t ride well. Setbacks are a part of life and a part of MotoGP, so we’ll deal with it and do everything possible to get back on the bike in good condition as soon as possible. Ducati and the team are putting maximum effort into this championship and that helps me to keep my spirits high and to be confident heading into the season.”
MotoGP pre-season testing continues in Malaysia on Tuesday 28 February.
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