His 2016 season ended ahead of schedule because a crash in training forced him to skip the final tests of the season in Jerez. For Nicky Hayden the worst is now behind him. The surgery on the collateral ligament of his right knee, conducted by Doctor David Chao, went perfectly and now the Honda rider is on track for recovery.
The days go by quickly and the Jerez tests are just around the corner for the American on 24 and 25 January, the first of the new season. In a recent interview granted to the SBK channel, the American explained what happened in the month of November, saying that he has never had an injury this serious before.
However, he prefers to look forward, because he cannot wait to get on the new Honda. When? Hayden has no doubts: “The plan is to use the 2017 bike already in Jerez, but I’d rather not say too much about it.” You may recall that last year there was already an initial contact, but with the street Honda.
He is certainly still not at full fitness, but Nicky warns: “Unfortunately I am still not at 100% and I won’t be even ten days from now. In any case, I hope to recover by the first race in Australia since it is still a month and a half away.” The competition has therefore been warned.