Former world champion and current Ducati rider Nicky Hayden has revealed in the lead-up to the Japanese grand prix at Motegi that despite initially thinking he walked away from his horror crash in Aragon unscathed he has in fact sustained a fracture to his right hand to add to his injury woes.
The Kentucky Kid had been unable to slow down in Aragon’s speedy last corner, carried pace through he wet run-off area and few over the advertising wall, landing in an access road, see the original accident report here, with video footage:
Hayden injured the same hand in his crash during the Indianapolis qualifying session, which caused him to miss the Brno race.
The American revealed a new x-ray and scan brought the bad news:
“I thought I had escaped unscathed from the crash at Aragon, but unfortunately it looks like I picked up another injury, when I got home, my right hand was bothering me a bit, so I went for an X-ray and CT scan, and it turns out I have a fracture in my right radius. It’s definitely not the best situation, but as it’s not too painful and I have pretty good grip strength, I’m hopeful that it won’t cause too many problems this weekend. Racing’s full of ups and downs. We’ll try to ride this one out and hopefully get a decent result in Japan to get a little momentum going and get some confidence back.”