Nicky Hayden’s wrist issues began with crashes at Indianapolis and Motorland Aragon in 2012.
He underwent surgery in March last year, but the injury to his right wrist continued to plague him. And the pain really set in Friday during the opening practices for the Italian Grand Prix.
The Drive M7 Aspar rider was only able to put in six laps in FP1 aboard the Honda RCV1000R, and finished dead last, over seven seconds off the pace. Regardless of the pain, he went out in FP2 and completed a further five laps.
But the pain was too much. And the intense physiotherapy the Kentuckian has been undergoing is not enough to cure the issue. Hayden and his team decided he should undergo surgery next week.
As for his appearance in this Sunday’s GP, the 2006 MotoGP Champion is uncertain and will make a decision Saturday.
“I had a lot of pain in my hand today. I thought the break after the last race at Le Mans would be enough for me but here the problem is worse. I worked really hard last week to try and recover with different kinds of therapy and a hyperbaric chamber but the injury to my right wrist has not improved,” Hayden says.
“In France I was able to ride through the pain but this circuit is much faster and more demanding. After talking to the doctors it seems the smartest move is to undergo surgery next week in order to be fully fit again as soon as possible.
“It’s not really improved a whole lot, as much as we’d have hoped. Of course falling on it again in Le Mans didn’t help. I’m riding with pain killers at the moment. It’s not ideal.”