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GP Week : Issue 171
HAYDEN NEW INJURY BATTLE Nicky Hayden’s escape from serious injury when he flew over an unprotected barrier at Aragon was miraculous ... but not complete. After continuing problems with his right arm, already with two broken bones in the hand, doctors diagnosed a fresh fracture in the radius bone. “I thought I had escaped unscathed,” he said. “But unfortunately it looks like I picked up another injury. When I got home, my right hand was bothering me a bit, so I went for an X-ray and CT scan.” Doctors found the fracture. It was especially problematic for the heavy braking at Motegi, throwing enormous strain on riders’ arms as they generate forces measured by brake suppliers Brembo as high as 1.6G. “It’s certainly not a good track for wrists,” said Hayden ruefully, before taking eighth more than 30 seconds off the leader in a painful race. “It was a really difficult weekend. I struggled a lot to get the bike stopped, and my wrist was quite an issue. I’m glad the weekend’s over,” he said. MOTOGP >>> NEWS as_gpweek_superior_supertechr.indd 1 10/2/12 2:02 PM 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: