Ducati's Nicky Hayden has revealed he will ride at this weekend's Twin-Ring Motegi MotoGP round after he fractured his wrist in the over-the-barrier crash at Motorland Aragon.
Hayden left Spain after being given the all-clear by doctors at a local hospital but further examination and a CT scan at home in Kentucky showed he has a fracture of the right radius which, he says, isn't too painful.
“Japan has a lot of passionate fans, and it’s a place where motorcycle racing has a rich tradition, which is nice even though I wouldn’t say Motegi has been one of my favourite or best tracks. It’s the first race of three in a row, and it’s really important. I thought I had escaped unscathed from the crash at Aragon, but unfortunately it looks like I picked up another injury," said Hayden.
"When I got home, my right hand was bothering me a bit, so I went for an X-ray and CT scan, and it turns out I have a fracture in my right radius. It’s definitely not the best situation, but as it’s not too painful and I have pretty good grip strength, I’m hopeful that it won’t cause too many problems this weekend. Racing’s full of ups and downs. We’ll try to ride this one out and hopefully get a decent result in Japan to get a little momentum going and get some confidence back.”