MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Ruled Out of Czech GP

08/21/2012 @ 5:12 pm, by David Emmett7 COMMENTS

Nicky Hayden is to miss the Brno round of MotoGP. The American fractured a couple of bones in his right hand and suffered a concussion in a big crash at Indianapolis, highsiding his Ducati Desmosedici during qualifying on Saturday. Hayden’s injuries meant that he was unable to race at Indianapolis, and after consulting with doctors and the team, Hayden has been forced to pull out of Brno as well.

The injury to his right hand is the most obvious problem, the pain and swelling (as shown in a picture Hayden posted on his Twitter page) making it impossible to ride at 100%, given that the right hand needs to operate both throttle and brake.

If Hayden had raced and crashed at Brno, he risked displacing the fractured bones and making the injury much worse, which would have put him out of action for even longer. Hayden is currently expected to return to racing at Misano in three weeks’ time. His participation in the private Ducati test at Misano scheduled after Brno is currently uncertain.

Nicky Hayden will not be replaced at Brno, so Valentino Rossi will be the sole-rider for the factory Ducati MotoGP team. With two races on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean on consecutive weekends, and World Superbikes on the same weekend as Brno, finding a rider who is fit, qualified and available is too much to arrange at such short notice for Ducati Corse.

Source: Ducati Corse; Photo: © 2012 Jules Cisek / Popmonkey – All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • J W

    I wonder what he really thinks about Indy.

  • Heal up quick Nick!

  • anti

    Maybe whoever is ultimately responsible for approving the tracks as safe to ride on, should also have to experience the injuries sustained by the riders this weekend in MotoGP. Maybe then they would think twice about letting world class athletes risk their health on unfit racing surfaces…

  • jack

    Maybe if they get rid of those crap Bridgestone tires there wouldn’t be such a problem. Indy isn’t the only track where there has been more than a few crashes. Besides the Harleys that crash everywhere, you don’t see the other classes (which have a much bigger fields) have as many or as serious crashes.

  • The Harley class probably oiled the track. Racing in the US, we always hated going out after they- or the Buells- were on the track because we just knew there was oil somewhere out there.
    Air-cooled engines leaks oil, the necessary tolerances dictate it. I used to have a nice Porsche; air-cooled; leaked oil.
    What the hell are air-cooled engines doing on the same track, the same weekend as friggin GP spaceships? I’m not saying that’s what happened here because the Indy track never gets used and is all green and greasy anyway, but why would they allow this?

  • buellracerx

    Jensen: you forgot ‘willing’ – pretty sure that’s the criteria that pushes it past the realm of unlikely into doubtful

    Mr X: Your comment on air-cooled engines reveals your ignorance, so any further observations will be discounted as oblivious and bigoted. Please don’t attempt to understand the engineering by which an engine is developed. Yes, Harleys historically leak oil. Yes, a wet sump is much easier to seal than a dry one. Yes, Tyler O’Hara could ride circles around you.

  • these guys need nerves of steel even off the track.