Nicky Hayden’s participation in this weekend’s Brno MotoGP round in the Czech Repulic is in serious doubt.
The American was forced to miss his home race in Indianapolis yesterday (Sunday) after he was knocked unconscious and broke two bones in his right hand after a high-speed qualifying crash on Saturday.
Hayden is due to consult with medics again tomorrow (Tuesday) before deciding on whether he will take the long flight from America to Europe to partner Valentino Rossi in Ducati’s factory squad in Brno.
The 2006 world champion said: “To miss any race is not fun but to miss my home race is just bull. I realise that I had a pretty big one and was knocked out for quite a while, so to be here today (Sunday) more or less okay is positive. There’s no really big damage, although injuries to the right hand are always worse than the left. Even if I thought I could have ridden, the doctors wouldn’t have cleared me because I was knocked out for so long. Concussions need to be taken seriously, so I don’t fault them for that. It was really difficult watching the race. It would have been tough, but we were improving through the weekend, and I had a pretty decent pace. That’s how it goes sometimes. I’ll try to get healthy and come back.”
For nine pages of coverage from the Indianapolis MotoGP round, see the August 22 issue of Motor Cycle News.