Hayden forced to withdraw from home Grand Prix following crash

Nicky Hayden will miss his home Grand Prix after crashing in qualifying at Indianapolis and fractured two bones in his hand.

Since making his MotoGP debut in 2003 the Ducati rider has only missed two races, Portugal 2004 and Brno 2008, but his team confirmed that his injuries will mean that he will be unable to take part in any further action this weekend.

Hayden, the 2006 world champion, was briefly unconscious following the accident and when he was taken to the circuit medical centre he had no recollection of the crash, a clear sign of suffering from concussion.

Hayden is not the first Ducati rider to have suffered an injury this weekend forcing him to miss the race. Hector Barbera crashed his satellite Ducati during Friday practice and cracked a vertebrae after falling heavily at the final corner.

With Valentino Rossi qualifying 11th, and slower than Randy de Puniet’s CRT bike, it has been a very difficult weekend for the Ducati squad.

“After a positive start to the day for Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, who were able to further reduce their gaps to the front during the third free-practice session, the Ducati Team experienced a difficult qualifying session,” said the team via a press release.

“Approximately ten minutes from the end of the session, Nicky Hayden crashed in Turn 14 while on a fast lap with the soft tyre. After an initial check at the track’s Medical Center, the American was transferred to Indianapolis’ Methodist Hospital, where additional examinations revealed two small, non-displaced fractures to the second and third metacarpal on his right hand. The results of the CAT were negative, and the American should be discharged this evening or tomorrow morning, but in any case he won’t take part in the Grand Prix.”

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