HAYDEN GETS MOTOGP CALL-UP
Former Motogp champ to replace injured Jack Miller at Aragon
Former Motogp world champion Nicky Hayden will make a return to Motogp at Aragon this weekend, as he steps in to replace the injured Jack Miller. The move marks Hayden’s first ride in the championship since his switch to World Superbikes at the end of 2015.
Miller, who sat out the Motogp race in Misano after struggling throughout practice, is still suffering the aftermath of a high-speed tumble at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last month.
Falling from his Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Honda during warm-up, the Australian was originally diagnosed with a broken wrist and vertebrae, but has struggled with recently diagnosed fractures to the palm of his right hand which has made riding difficult.
Hayden was brought in by the squad as a stand-by for Silverstone but was eventually not needed as Miller battled through the pain to finish the race.
But, with the Australian still not fully fit, Hayden will now become the first Motogp Legend to ever return to the series following his recent induction into the exclusive Motogp Legends club.
“First of all I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery. He is a buddy of mine and he is a rider I believe in a lot, so I hope he can get healthy as quickly as possible to show the high potential we all know he has got. He just needs to get his body right so he can perform.
“This is an unusual experience for me because I’ve never been a stand-in rider before. But I have a good relation- ship with Honda and when the idea first came up they were behind it and Ten Kate gave me their blessing, so it is nice to go and help out another Honda team. For me it just a chance to go and have fun. I’d probably be riding motorbikes anyway and I would definitely be watching the race on TV, so I might as well show up and have some fun.
“I know Motogp is not a place that’s always easy to have fun because the level is so high but I’ve got a lot to learn and it won’t be a walk in the park. I haven’t ridden the bike and there are different tyres and electronics but I’ve got a lot of experience and I get another shot at Motogp, which is great for me personally.”
‘I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery. He is a buddy of mine’ NICKY HAYDEN