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May 31, 2014

Pedrosa Fastest In MotoGP FP3, Nicky Hayden Pulls Out Due To Injury

Nicky Hayden has pulled out of the Italian Grand Prix due to a lingering wrist injury. He is due to have surgery on Tuesday, June 3 in Italy.

FIM MotoGP World Championship

Mugello, Italy

May 31, 2014

Free Practice Three Results (all on Bridgestone tires):

1. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), 1:47.754

2. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (HONDA), 1:48.015

3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:48.017

4. Jorge LORENZO, Spain (YAMAHA), 1:48.028

5. Bradley SMITH, UK (YAMAHA), 1:48.142

6. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (YAMAHA), 1:48.155

7. Cal CRUTCHLOW, UK (DUCATI), 1:48.275

8. Pol ESPARGARO, Spain (YAMAHA), 1:48.373

9. Stefan BRADL, Germany (HONDA), 1:48.416

10. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (DUCATI), 1:48.435

11. Aleix ESPARGARO, Spain (FORWARD YAMAHA), 1:48.496

12. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (HONDA), 1:48.639

13. Michele PIRRO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:48.993

14. Scott REDDING, UK (HONDA), 1:49.299

15. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (DUCATI), 1:49.639

16. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (HONDA), 1:49.711

17. Colin EDWARDS, USA (FORWARD YAMAHA), 1:49.928

18. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (HONDA), 1:50.430

19. Hector BARBERA, Spain (FTR-KAWASAKI), 1:50.757

20. Mike DI MEGLIO, France (FTR-KAWASAKI), 1:51.542

21. Michael LAVERTY, UK (PBM-APRILIA), 1:51.674

22. Broc PARKES, Australia (PBM-APRILIA), 1:52.422

23. Michel FABRIZIO, Italy (ART-APRILIA), 1:54.667

24. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (HONDA), no time recorded



More, from a press release issued by Drive M7 Aspar Honda:

NICKY HAYDEN PULLS OUT OF ITALIAN GP

DRIVE M7 Aspar rider unable to continue due to wrist pain; plans to undergo surgery in Italy next Tuesday

After completing just eleven laps yesterday DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden took the decision just moments before this morning's third free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix that he will take no further part in the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship. Nicky has suffered with the problem since round four in Spain but treatment in between races has allowed him to continue racing. However, at such a demanding circuit as Mugello the swelling and pain became unbearable and the best option for 'The Kentucky Kid' was to pull out.

Hayden is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery at 8am next Tuesday here in Italy. The exploratory operation will be conducted by hand specialist Riccardo Luchetti, who will hopefully be able to identify the cause of the problem whilst cleaning up the affected area and reducing the swelling so that Nicky can return to competitive action as soon as possible.

Nicky Hayden: “My wrist isn't getting any better so as hard a decision as it is to take the best thing for me is to listen to the doctors and skip this race. We need to stop thinking about riding and start thinking about a plan for the operation next week and my subsequent recovery. Mugello is a fast and physical circuit at the best of times but with the pain and loss of strength in my right hand it was getting really difficult to brake properly and it was risky to continue. It is a shame to miss any race but especially Mugello, a circuit I love. It's also a shame for the team because we are really starting to build something together and we are understanding how to make progress more quickly during the weekend. My mechanics are working hard to make things easy for me and to give me the chance to get faster. I feel bad to miss this round, for the team and the sponsors.”