Motorcycle Racing News Ducati MotoGP's Hayden | Surgery Update

Ducati MotoGP’s Hayden | Surgery Update

2012 MotoGP Injury Update

If Nicky Hayden recovers from shoulder surgery as hoped, the Ducati Team rider will be able to participate in the Sepang II MotoGP testing session at the Malaysian Circuit Feb. 28 through March 1.

The Kentuckian underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in Fremont, Calif., on Monday; Hayden injured the shoulder while training on a flat track near his home in December.

During the operation, Dr. Arthur Ting repaired a tear in the labrum. Following the surgery, Hayden met with the surgeon once again on Tuesday for a follow-up exam, and things were cleared for Hayden to return to Kentucky and start recovering.

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team MotoGP) says: "It’s a setback, but all things considered, I’m pretty happy with how things went. It’s good that it was possible to do everything by ‘scope, and the pain’s not too bad. The problem should be fixed now, and I look forward to being able to help out the team as soon as possible."

During the Sepang I MotoGP test, Hayden finished 10th with a 2:01.729, which was 2.122 seconds behind Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.

Following the Sepang I testing, Hayden’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, also underwent surgery. The nine-time World Champion had a rod removed from his right leg, which was inserted following a crash during practice for the 2010 Mugello MotoGP.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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