Nicky Hayden has been dealing with wrist issues since before the 2014 season, and is taking advantage of the summer break to find a more permanent solution. The American racer underwent wrist surgery on July 16, marking his third procedure since the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Hayden underwent surgery on his wrist during the winter prior to the start of the 2014 championship and thought all was well. During Round 4 at Jerez the Kentucky Kid started having issues again, being advised not to ride by Clinica Mobile doctors after his wrist started swelling during a test at the circuit. He pushed on to the following round at Le Mans, but an early crash in the race forced him to retire from competition. The pain intensified at the next stop in Italy and Hayden ultimately decided to pull out of the round. A few days later he underwent surgery in Italy to remove "floating matter" from his right wrist and since then he's finished 13th (Catalynua), 17th (Assen) and 14th (Sachsenring).
Drive M7 Aspar offered details on Hayden's most recent procedure in a press release, included in full below. - MotoUSA Byron Wilson
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden has decided to go back under the surgeon's knife yesterday in order to increase mobility in the joint. With nine rounds now completed out of eighteen in the 2014 season the 'Kentucky Kid' is making the most of the summer break to fix his wrist properly.
On Wednesday morning at 6am the DRIVE M7 Aspar rider underwent an operation that lasted an hour and a half, carried out by Dr. Chao at the Oasis Center in San Diego. The medical term for the procedure is a proximal row carpectomy with radial styloidectomy, which involves the removal of a row of small bones in the wrist in order to increase mobility within the joint.
Dr. Chao reported that the operation had been a success and that Nicky now has increased range of motion in his wrist. The former MotoGP World Champion will now take some rest and begin therapy to recover and return to racing as soon as possible. The DRIVE M7 Aspar Team has full confidence in the rider and wishes him a swift and full recovery.