Hayden forced to miss Czech Republic race
21 August 2012 – Following his violent qualifying crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nicky Hayden has been advised by medical staff to miss the Czech Republic Grand Prix this weekend. The Ducati rider will remain in America in an attempt to recover for Misano.
"It’s tough to miss another race," Hayden explained of the decision to skip Brno. "I don’t have big problems, but my hand is still very swollen and I don’t have much strength, and of course right-hand injuries are worse for motorcycle racers.
"The main thing is all the doctors told me racing was a really bad idea and not smart, and everybody on my team agreed. As much as the racer in me doesn’t like staying at home and missing track time and points, I need to listen to the experts and try to heal up and get ready for Misano.
"That’s an important race for me and for Ducati, and I’ll be doing all the rehab to come back as fit as possible. I don’t like it, but it’s the right thing to do."
Hayden is currently the highest placed American rider in the overall standings with seven races remaining, holding ninth position on a total of 84 points.