Nicky Hayden (Honda) always looks forward to the Indianapolis MotoGP round, and considers it his “home” race. This year, however, Hayden will be a spectator, rather than a participant. He underwent yet another surgery on his troublesome wrist in San Diego on July 17, and will sit out not only the Indy round on August 10, but the Brno race the following week.
Hayden is hopeful this latest surgery will solve the pain and motion problems that have recently prevented him from performing at his best. Hayden’s Honda Open class machine has been largely uncompetitive this year, lacking horsepower in comparison with the competition, but Honda has reportedly offered to increase performance next year by fitting its Open class bikes with pneumatic valves, and other upgrades.
Hayden will return to his Drive M7 Aspar Honda Team next year. He currently sits in 13th position in the championship. He will be replaced at the two races by WSB rider Leon Camier.