News & Multimedia

Healing Hayden Returns To Ducati MotoGP Seat This Weekend

American Nicky Hayden will return to his Ducati GP12 this weekend for the Grand Prix of San Marino MotoGP World Championship race after missing the last two events due to injury.

2006 World Champion Hayden, from Owensboro, Ky., missed the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic on Aug. 26 due to a broken right hand and concussion suffered during a vicious high-side crash in qualifying at Indianapolis.

Hayden will test the strength in his right hand during practice Friday, Sept. 13 at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli before the team decides on his remaining participation, including qualifying Saturday, Sept. 15 and the race Sunday, Sept. 16.

“I can’t wait to get back on the track, but I know that it won’t be easy this weekend,” Hayden said.

“My hand is improving and one of the two fractures is healing quickly, while the other metacarpal still has a pretty good fracture line. I’ve been able to keep up with my cardio training, and of course I’ve been doing the normal rehab, including a visit to Dr. Ting in California.

“Braking on these MotoGP bikes puts a lot of stress on the right hand, particularly on a clockwise circuit like Misano.”

Misano, located in Italy on the Adriatic Sea, is one of two home tracks for the Italian Ducati team. The other is Mugello, site of the annual Italian Grand Prix. Misano also is just a few miles from the home of Hayden’s Ducati teammate, seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi.

“Racing at one of Ducati’s home tracks is something that I enjoy, and I certainly hope to be able to do the race,” Hayden said. “We’ve got a couple of things stacked against us, but we’ll see if we can put up a solid result and kick off a new positive stretch at Misano.”

Hayden is ninth in the World Championship standings despite missing two races. His best finish this season is sixth at Qatar, France, the Netherlands and the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Healing Hayden Returns To Ducati MotoGP Seat This Weekend
 
Healing Hayden Returns To Ducati MotoGP Seat This Weekend
American Nicky Hayden will return to his Ducati GP12 this weekend for the Grand Prix of San Marino MotoGP World Championship race after missing the last two events due to injury.
Read More
Related Media
Justin Wilson
 
Justin Wilson Children's Fund Update
INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children's Fund can be made online at www.wilsonchildrensfund.com or sent to the following address:
Read More
Will Power on pit lane at Detroit
 
Power looks to retain IndyCar title Sunday at Sonoma despite heavy heart
The last thing defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power wants to do is surrender his crown this weekend at the season finale in Sonoma at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Power is still in the title hunt, but he admitted it’s hard to muster the usual excitement after the loss of Justin Wilson on Monday.
Read More
Justin Wilson
 
Justin Wilson 1978-2015
INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
Read More
Justin Wilson
 
IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Indianapolis 500 and United States Grand Prix veteran Justin Wilson:
Read More
Scott Dixon
 
Pruett's Preview: Going For It at Pocono
Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon sits third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. The three-time title winner is accustomed to being at the sharp end of the standings with the season drawing to a close, and with this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono’s tri-oval offering a chance to move up to first or second in points, the New Zealander says his game plan is incredibly simple.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,034
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
RT @IndyCar: In addition to the #INDYCAR Championship, @TeamChevy secured the Engine Manufacturers Championship: http://t.co/jonIrJ90Jc
about 12 hours ago