Hayden: shoulder surgery tomorrow
So far 2012 has been a difficult year for Nicky Hayden. His Sepang test was cut short because of an injury he suffered while training on a dirt track bike this winter, and now comes the news that his shoulder will need a second surgery tomorrow. The American flew straight from Malaysia to San Francisco for a follow up visit with Dr. Arthur Ting, and the examination revealed damage to both the cartilage and muscle around the joint. This second operation will give doctors a better look at the specific nature of the damage, and allow them to take whatever corrective measures are necessary.
"Obviously another operation at the start of the season isn't the best thing that can happen - the American commented - the latest exam showed why I couldn't ride property at Sepang, but I'm still happy that I tested because it allowed us to realize that the shoulder problem was worse than we first thought. Now we can intervene immediately to treat the damaged areas. These things are part of our sport, and we just need to try and heal as quickly as possible. The commitment and effort from Ducati is absolutely the highest possible, and this is helping keep my spirits and confidence high for the coming season."
The surgery rules out Nicky's participation in the Jerez test, set to take place in two weeks time with the Ducati test team.