Photo of the Week: Keep Your Chin Up Nicky

02/06/2012 @ 4:09 pm, by Scott Jones4 COMMENTS

About to be his third year as a factory Ducati rider, Nicky Hayden is one of the hardest working men in MotoGP, and is long-overdue for some good luck. But, 2012 is already off to a tough start as Nick was unable to make much out of the Sepang test due to an injured left scapula, and accordingly underwent surgery today to repair cartilage and muscle damage in his left shoulder. Will he be fit to ride the next test at the end of February? Or will he wait until the last pre-season test at Jerez a month later? Only time will tell. Here’s to a speedy and full recovery for the Kentucky Kid.

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  • Schyler

    I hope nicky recovers quickly, the duc seems predictable finally and afters years of fighting it I want to see him come out if the gate swinging.

  • Jason

    Shoulder injuries are risky. I want so badly to see Nicky back with a competitive bike and that fire he has inside him when he senses he can be competitive. I want so badly to see him get another win! Please please please heal up. After Sic’s tragic accident, and the questions surrounding Marquez’s future, I can’t stand the thought of losing another Hero of mine from the sport.

  • MikeD

    Best of luck to him. Hope he gets a break.

  • We’ll all be watching for a fast and successful recovery! GO GET ‘EM Nicky!!!