Hayden returns for San Marino Grand Prix
11 September 2012 – Nicky Hayden will return to the MotoGP paddock as the community gathers at Misano this weekend. The 2006 World Champion has missed the last two races after, like Casey Stoner, picking up injury in practice ahead of the Indianapolis event.
“I can’t wait to get back on the track, but I know that it won’t be easy this weekend,” the American admits.
“My hand is improving and one of the two fractures is healing quickly, while the other metacarpal still has a pretty good fracture line. I’ve been able to keep up with my cardio training and of course I’ve been doing the normal rehab.
“Braking on these MotoGP bikes puts a lot of stress on the right hand, particularly on a clockwise circuit like Misano. Nevertheless, racing at one of Ducati’s home tracks is something that I enjoy and I certainly hope to be able to do the race. We’ve got a couple of things stacked against us, but we’ll see if we can put up a solid result.”
Hayden is now ninth overall, 16 points behind Ducati team-mate Valentino Rossi.