Nicky Hayden Undergoes Left Shoulder Surgery To Speed Recovery

Hayden at Sepang - MotoGP photo

Hayden at Sepang - MotoGP photo

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Nicky Hayden's body has been letting him down and hindering his test participation in anticipation of the 2012 MotoGP season. 

Hayden took minimal laps at the helm of the Ducati GP12 during the three-day test at Sepang International Circuit this past week.

Lacking strength to ride well, Hayden traveled directly from Malaysia to Fremont, California where he received a thorough examination at Dr Arthur Ting's clinic.

There, tests revealed damage to cartilage in the Kentucky Kid's shoulder, as well as to muscles in his back. 

On Monday, the Ducati Team rider will undergo an operation in order to have his condition evaluated more thoroughly--and to treat his ongoing injuries. The injuries stem back to his fall near his Owensboro, KY home on December 27, where he broke his left scapula and fractured two ribs while training at a private indoor flat track facility. At the time, Hayden was riding a motorcycle for the first time since breaking his scaffold during the season finale at Valencia, November 6.

"Of course another operation before the season is never a good thing but I'm actually happy that I tried to ride at Malaysia, because it helped me discover that the problem with the shoulder was bigger than we thought," Hayden said. After seeing the scans, it was clear why I couldn't ride well. Setbacks are a part of life and a part of MotoGP so we'll deal with it and do everything possible to get back on the bike in good condition as soon as possible. Ducati and the team are putting maximum effort into this championship and that helps me to keep my spirits high and to be confident heading into the season."

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