Nicky Hayden Injury Prevents Winter SBK Testing

Injured Nicky Hayden to Miss Jerez Winter SBK Testing
Nicky Hayden, who injured his knee during flat track training near Barcelona

While flat-track training Friday near Barcelona, Honda World Superbike pilot Nicky Hayden injured his knee. The 35-year-old Kentuckian now is forced to miss the two-day winter World Superbike test that begins Tuesday at Jerez in Spain.

The 2006 MotoGP Champion (Honda) has returned to the states, and will undergo further medical examinations. Hayden is awaiting full diagnosis before proceeding with any further medical procedures such as surgery. Honda World Superbike will report on Hayden’s status once these medial reports become available.

During the Jerez SBK Tests, Hayden’s new teammate, former LCR Honda MotoGP pilot Stefan Bradl, a Moto2 Champion, will be the sole rider for the factory Honda team. During Aragon SBK testing last week, both Bradl and Hayden tested 2016 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade machinery with some 2017 components, such as 2017-spec Ohlins front fork and new brake components.

Hayden joined the Honda World Superbike team following 13 years in MotoGP. He finished fifth overall in 2016 WSBK, and claimed his debut World SBK win at Sepang in Malaysia.