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Nicky Hayden has revealed that he picked up a small fracture in his right hand after his crash in the Grand Prix of Aragón. The Ducati rider was thrown over the safety fence and into a ditch after losing control of his bike at the final corner.
During the race in Spain, all in the MotoGP paddock were relieved to hear that the 2006 World Champion had escaped unharmed, following a trip to the circuit medical centre. However, pain continued to bother the Kentucky man.
“I thought I had escaped unscathed from the crash at Aragón, but unfortunately it looks like I picked up another injury,” says Hayden, who had already been suffering a hand injury.
“When I got home, my right hand was bothering me a bit, so I went for an X-ray and CT scan and it turns out I have a fracture in my right radius.
“It’s definitely not the best situation, but as it’s not too painful and I have pretty good grip strength, I’m hopeful that it won’t cause too many problems this weekend. Racing’s full of ups and downs. We’ll try to ride this one out and hopefully get a decent result in Japan to get a little momentum going and get some confidence back.”
In the championship standings, Hayden lies ninth overall and now has Yamaha’s Ben Spies just five points in arrears and breathing down his neck.
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