MotoGP: Hayden Undergoes Surgery


What Happens When Information Is Thin on the Ground

3:09pm EST — While this bit of news does not sound either exciting or dire, according to Autosport, factory Ducati team rider Nicky Hayden has undergone surgery to “remove scar tissue from a previous surgery” that was causing arm-pump issues for the 2006 MotoGP champion.  The article mentions little other than the fact that he is now recovering in the States and will participate in the next test session at the end of this month in Malaysia.

The fact that this story is also printed (nearly word-for-word) as a press release at SuperbikePlanet.com suggests that this is information officially released from either the team or Hayden himself.  The Soup article also says that “Nicky Hayden travelled [sic] to Doctor Angel Vilamor’s clinic in Madrid, Spain for surgery on his right arm” after he “was operated on by the Spanish surgeon in the past, to treat ongoing arm-pump (compartmental syndrome) problems” and that this was merely a “clean-up” operation.

Hopefully this will help Hayden improve in his second season as teammate to Casey Stoner on a difficult to ride (for those riders who are not Stoner) Ducati in the premier MotoGP class.  As a partial explanation as to why the Ducati seems to be more temperamental than other MotoGP bikes, see “How Super Technology Still Doesn’t Help the MotoGP Field” published October 29, 2009 here at On Any Sunday, These Days.

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