UPDATE: The news unfortunately seems to be official. Hayden will miss racing in the Indy GP.
One of three riders to crash hard in Saturday’s MotoGP qualifying session, Nicky Hayden’s participation in his home Grand Prix seems very unlikely after his high-side in the final turn at the IMS road course. Flying high and landing hard, Hayden was knocked unconscious by the crash, and was said to be incoherent after the crash.
Suffering an injury to his hand as well as his head, Hayden’s arm was x-rayed and his head was CAT scanned. While the CAT scan came back negative, the x-rays showed Hayden had suffered two small fractures to his right hand. Because of those injuries he has been ruled unfit to ride in tomorrow’s race.
On the lighter-side of this story, Hayden was taken to Methodist Hospital here in Indianapolis, where he reportedly saw Casey Stoner getting examined as well, and thought the two riders had been involved in the same crash.
Looking forward to competing at his home Grand Prix earlier this week, we are sure both Nicky and his fans will be disappointed by his absence tomorrow. We wish the Kentucky Kid a speedy recovery and lots of cute nurses.
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