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GP Week : Issue 24
>>Moto GPnews Hayden out of Brno after "fun race" crash NICKY Hayden missed Brno, after injuring his foot in a heavy landing from a jump while practising for a TV spectacular ‘fun race’ in the US two weeks ago. Hayden had agreed to race in a Supermoto race at the ESPN X Games in Los Angeles, a made-for-TV alternative motorsport spectacular. “They told me it was 80 percent pavement and 20 percent dirt, and I thought it was going to be fun, and that I’d be competitive,” he said. In fact, the track shared part of the Supercross track and even had a triple jump. Hayden realised any hopes of being competitive were gone, but elected to continue. “I’m a competitor,” he said. On the second day of practice he hurt his foot in a heavy landing, and pulled out of the event. When he got home, he discovered the injury was worse than he’d expected. “I’ve ridden hurt worse than this. The problem with the heel is that it’s in a weight-bearing area. Pressing on it could cause a big problem,” he said. He was still on crutches almost two weeks after the crash. “A lot of guys this year are trying to ride hurt, and it’s only making problems worse,” he said. He hopes to be fit for Misano, in two weeks. HRC tester Tadayuki Okada was at Brno to take over Hayden’s testing duties on the two days after the race. Okada has done most of the testing of the pneumatic- valve engine, and gave it its race debut at Mugello before Hayden switched to that engine. A personal message for Nicky Hayden (USA) on his Honda RC212V. 13