2006 MotoGP Nicky Hayden currently sits in 13th place in the 2014 MotoGP standings. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)
Nearly a week after surgery, Nicky Hayden underwent his first examination on Tuesday and received positive news – his recovery is favorable, but he will have to miss the next two races in order to return 100 percent fit.
The Drive M7 Aspar team will get Leon Camier to stand in for the 2006 World Champion.
After undergoing surgery on his right wrist at the Oasis Center of San Diego last Wednesday, and after resting for several days, Drive M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden was examined on Tuesday for the first time since the operation. According to Dr. James Chao, the physician in charge of the surgery, the procedure was a success and his recovery is on track. The American rider will gradually regain movement in his wrist.
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Hayden has had his wrist immobilized and has been resting since Wednesday of last week, but this Tuesday he underwent his first review. During the examination he was injected with platelet-rich plasma to help regenerate bone structure and also received magnetic therapy to accelerate the healing of the operated area. The need for adequate recovery time requires Hayden to miss the MotoGP rounds at Indianapolis and the Czech Republic.
A fitness plan has been devised for Hayden to keep in shape during his layoff, so that when he returns to action he will be at 100 percent. The DRIVE M7 Aspar team will field Superbike rider Leon Camier for the Indianapolis and Czech Republic rounds that follow the summer break, standing in for Hayden.
“Although undergoing surgery is not usually a positive thing – not least because you lose a lot of time – I’m happy with how the operation went last week,” Hayden told MotoGP.com. “Sometimes it is difficult, but we know that injuries are part of our sport and we must learn to manage them. Everyone knows that my wrist has been causing me problems, especially at recent races. 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. According to Dr. Chao, the operation was a success and I am very happy and focusing on my recovery. My right wrist still needs to be immobilized for another week, then I will begin rehabilitation therapy and I’ll slowly recover mobility.
“I want to thank the team, sponsors and fans for all the support they are giving me at this time. In the first examination, 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.”