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GP Week : Issue 203
MOTOGP >>> nEWs NICKY uNDER THE KNIFE Nicky Hayden is racing against time to be fit for the spanish Grand Prix. The American underwent surgery last Tuesday to address an ongoing wrist injury, which forced him to pull out of the race at Mugello. An arthroscopic cleaning procedure was carried out and some floating bone matter was removed. unusually Hayden underwent the surgery in Italy, at the ‘Casa di Cura Profesor ernesto Montanari spa’ in Morciano di Romagna. It is common that American racers have their procedures done at home, and Californian surgeon Dr Art Ting has become on the sport’s most prominent medicos. Dr. Riccardo Luchetti oversaw Hayden’s procedure. Hayden, 32, has been suffering from the injury for some time, after taking a heavy fall from his Drive M7 Aspar Honda during pre-season testing. He aggravated the injury during the French GP after crashing on the first lap with Andrea Iannone. WINTER WONDER ISLAND suzuki has completed a three-day test of its 2015 MotoGP prototype at Phillip Island. In the first days of the Australian winter Randy de Puniet was joined by suzuki World superbike rider eugene Laverty for the first two days of the test, though the Irishman suffered a heavy fall in damp conditions, on the track where geese were also prompting delays. In fact, de Puniet also crashed, at Turn 1 while avoiding one of the seemingly suicidal waterfowls. “Overall we were slightly luckier than in Argentina,” said de Puniet, “as at least we could test for more than two hours, but we had to wait most of the time for the track to dry out. The track conditions weren’t ideal, though, because of the low temperatures and also it was the first time for this new suzuki bike here and we needed to make some adjustments. “We also tested some Bridgestone tyres for the next Grand Prix and some suspension balance settings. On the electronics side, I found the new traction control strategies to be very good and it was a step forward for us.” 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: