Drive M7 Honda’s Nicky Hayden will return to MotoGP action at this weekend’s Motorland Aragon round after missing the last four races after surgery on his troublesome right hand.
The American was replaced by Britain’s Leon Camier and although Camier is not slated to ride in Spain, it is believed he will be at the circuit in case Hayden isn’t able to ride to his full potential.
“I am really happy to finally return to action this weekend. Racing motorcycles is not only my job but my passion and it hasn't been easy for me to miss so many races. I just focused on getting back as quickly as possible but riding a MotoGP is not something you can test your fitness for until you try it,” said Hayden.
“I have been riding quite a bit of dirt-track lately but I can't say for sure how strong I am so I am looking forward to getting on the bike and seeing the results of the operation. At the moment I don't want to set any objectives other than to get back out there and see how I feel.
“I am looking forward to seeing the team again and I can't wait to get back to the serious work on Friday. My arm and wrist feel quite strong and the movement has improved. I didn't want to come back until I knew I had done everything I could to recover and I am happy with the result. I managed to get on the podium the first year we raced at Motorland, I quite like the circuit and it has some fun corners.”