Camier to stand in for recovering Hayden
25 July 2014 – Leon Camier will replace Nicky Hayden at Aspar for the next two races as the latter recovers from surgery.
Hayden has struggled with an old wrist injury during the first half of the 2014 campaign, a problem that already forced him to miss the Italian Grand Prix in June. Although he had hoped that surgery during the summer break would provide a solution, his medical team has advised him skip the upcoming Indianapolis and Brno rounds.
Replacement Camier, the 2009 British Superbike champion and a World Superbike regular, had been due to race in MotoGP with Ioda this season, but plans for a second bike failed to come to fruition. Having also been on standby to replace Hayden earlier in the year, the 27-year-old will finally make his debut in the category.
Former World Champion Hayden is hopeful that his latest operation will cure his wrist issue permanently.
"Everyone knows that my wrist has been causing me problems, especially at recent races," Hayden explained.
"I underwent an operation in June, which helped me to complete the first half of the season, but the truth is I've been riding with a lot of discomfort, and have been unable to perform at my best.
"So, together with the team, we decided to make an important decision and undergo a larger operation to treat an injury that comes from three years ago – when I broke my scaphoid and did not heal well.
"My right wrist still needs to be immobilised for another week. Then I will begin rehabilitation therapy, and I'll slowly recover mobility. A week after surgery, I received an injection of platelet-rich plasma to help heal bones.
"According to the doctor my recovery is on course, which is very positive.
"It takes patience, but if I have made the decision to have surgery it is to get back to my best. I made the decision thinking about being healthy for the end of the season and already thinking about next year."