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post #1 of 12 Old 08-12-2008, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Heel injury makes Hayden minor doubt

A knock picked up at his recent X Games surprise appearance will be affecting Nicky Hayden this weekend, although he is unlikely to miss the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske republiky.
In contrast to most of the MotoGP riders returning from their summer break, Nicky Hayden will be far from recharged and refreshed when the World Championship action resumes at Brno. The 2006 World Champion picked up an inopportune right heel injury in practice for his ill-fated X Games guest appearance at the beginning of the month, leaving him not only crocked but with little time to recuperate from the knock.
The Repsol Honda rider is not expected to sit out the visit to the Czech Republic, but was frank about the state of his appendage after his Supermoto setback.
`Hopefully I´ll be fit for Brno. I didn´t crash, I just landed wrong. I´m not sure if my foot came off the peg or what, but it feels pretty fragile. I´m pretty bummed out about it because I want to get out there and finish this season strong,´ said the American, who had some major grievances with tyres rather than fitness at Laguna Seca last time out –a situation he does not expect to recur at the recently resurfaced Brno track.
`I can´t wait to try out the new surface at Brno. The last couple of years the surface has gotten quite old, not really bumpy but just so abrasive and cracked, so I think with a brand new surface the track is going to be awesome,´ he explains.
I heard they didn´t just reseal it, or just put something on top, they did it the right way and started over. That´s going to be crucial for tyre wear, so we´ll probably have a bigger range of tyres than we normally do, both front and rear, to make sure we've got something.´
Whilst teammate and fellow walking wounded Dani Pedrosa is likely to test the pneumatic valve engine once more in the post-race test, Hayden will once again be using the motor for the latest round of action. The long straight and power-heavy emphasis of the layout will provide a first chance for `Trick Daddy´ to feel the true benefit of some extra horsepower, an opportunity that he is relishing.
`Brno is quite fast and open. It´ll be the first time we´ve taken this new bike – with the pneumatic valves – to any place where we can really stretch its legs and see what she´s really got. Brno´s got a little bit of everything, it's not the kind of track where you can just set up the bike for just one thing. Good traction is certainly important to get off those corners good because there´s a few big straightaways, especially the uphill run to the final left and right. You also need something that's stable on the brakes, because there's a lot of hard braking.´
Injury permitting, Hayden will line up for the opening practice in the Czech Republic on Friday morning. He will also be one of the riders facing the hacks in the Thursday press conference.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-12-2008, 07:38 AM
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Hayden OUT!


Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden will miss this weekend's Czech Grand Prix due to a foot injury sustained during a Supermoto event at the X Games in Los Angeles on August 1. The 2006 MotoGP World Champion injured his right foot when he landed heavily from a jump.

Following the incident Hayden visited eminent orthopaedic surgeon Dr Arthur Ting and sought the opinion of other specialists who finally advised (yesterday afternoon, US time) that he should rest the injury to avoid further complications and return at the San Marino GP at the end of the month. The damage is to the calcaneus, or heel area, of the foot.

"The injury is to a weight-bearing part of the foot and the doctors say that using too much pressure on the 'pegs could very easily give me some big problems," says Hayden who was riding a Honda CRF450 Supermoto bike and didn't crash in the incident.

"I went to Dr Ting and got the opinion of other specialists. I've done a lot with Ting, he knows the sport very well and he feels it would be quite risky to ride. He and the other specialists say that if I rode this week I might have to fight the injury for the rest of the year.
"As hard a decision as it is and as bad as I feel about it, I think I'm better off staying home doing rehab and physio, then come back fit at Misano and try to finish the season strong. There's been a lot of guys this year trying to ride less than a hundred per cent and actually making their problems worse.

"I certainly feel bad about it for my team and I apologise. I had the permission of HRC to do the Supermoto thing. I just wanted to do some riding during the break, have some fun and I thought that maybe it'd give me a little spark for the rest of the season, but it backfired on me."
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I think something smells a little fishy......but if true, it maybe doesn't make Pedro look so bad for laguna
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He could'nt even put any weight on it when he got off the bike at X Games.
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damm thats sux.....might be nicky's last few races on a repsol....would like to see him out there......

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Theres not a person on the site that didnt see this coming or at the very least said to themselves "what if he gets hurt"!!

I knew this would happen, I wish I DIDNT thou!

I WAS thinking about selling my bike, thats until I moved to Tenn!
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Theres not a person on the site that didnt see this coming or at the very least said to themselves "what if he gets hurt"!!

I knew this would happen, I wish I DIDNT thou!
I saw it coming too, but let's be honest... he's having a crap season anyway so no biggie.
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It was a poor decision, imo, for him to "try" to race that sm race. Downright idioitic.
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It was a poor decision, imo, for him to "try" to race that sm race. Downright idioitic.
Pretty much, yeah. You are a top factory MotoGp rider, you have no business entering such a contest. It was a very poor decision, but he did get clearance from his bosses. I don't think he'll make the same mistake again.
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+1 for the last four posts!

That was the 1st thought I had when I saw that he was going to compete in the X Games and was suprised he was allowed to enter..

I guess Honda didnt care one way or the other...

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