2006 MotoGP World Champion, Nicky Hayden, had a rough 2011. Unfortunately for Hayden, his year only got worst as he reportedly broke his left scapula (shoulder blade) while training at an indoor track in Kentucky. He is currently undergoing tests to get a better understanding of his injury, which has already been determined as a break from an MRI and CAT Scan.
The Kentucky Kid, which is Hayden’s nickname, was optimistic in a report by CycleNews.com. In the article, Hayden was quoted as saying, “It’s disappointing, but there’s nothing to do about it but heal quickly. Anyway, this doesn’t change my expectations for 2012 which, fortunately, is just around the corner.” As long as his injury can heal on it’s own and doesn’t require surgery, he could be ready for the end of January when the season events start up. The reason is that the shoulder blade is surrounded by muscle and having surgery would require more rehabilitation for that muscle tissue to heal.
As we said, it has not been a good year for Nicky Hayden. He finished in 8th place on the year with only one podium finish. This of course was killed by a season ending injury when he collided with fellow rider, Valentino Rossi. Both were injured in the accident. Where this leaves Hayden is on the sidelines until he is healed up and cleared to race. Easier said then done for a man with the heart of a competitor.
For more on the story, read the full article here: CycleNews.com
Tyler Baker; OSM Writer