Former Mo­togp champ to re­place in­jured Jack Miller at Aragon

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON MOTO GP RE­PORTER si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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

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