MotoGP Misano: Hayden to make race decision after warm-up

Hayden is still suffering with his broken hand
Hayden is still suffering with his broken hand Picture: Bonnie Lane

Ducati’s Nicky Hayden will make a decision whether to race in tomorrow’s Misano MotoGP round after morning warm-up as he discovered during qualifying today he doesn’t have much strength in his broken hand.

The 2006 World Champion is still suffering the effects of the Indianapolis highside which broke some metacarpals and knocked him spark out. During the damp free practice sessions in Italy, Hayden felt OK but in the first dry session this afternoon, he struggled.

"It has certainly not been an easy weekend for anybody with no dry track time. I will see tomorrow if I can do the race. It’s really going to be tough but we will see after warm up," said Hayden, speaking to at Misano.

"This morning in the wet was great. Even without working on the setup, the bike was good right away. Then the track dried out, but I didn’t go out with slicks because I didn’t want to take any risks. The qualifying session went by really quickly. We made a couple of little adjustments and got going better, but although I hate to use excuses, my hand was quite weak and painful."

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