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World Champion Nicky Hayden To Undergo Surgery Due To Shoulder Injury - November 27th 2006

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    World Champion Nicky Hayden will sit out this week's MotoGP test at Jerez on November 28-30 in order to receive medical treatment to his injured right shoulder. The Repsol Honda rider will have further MRI and CT scans on November 29 at the Freemont Clinic in California, prior to an operation scheduled for the following day.

    The surgery will repair an undisplaced fracture through the right greater tuberosity (shoulder bone). At the same time the metal plate on the 25-year-old American's right collarbone will be removed. The metal plate, a legacy of a Supermoto crash in 2004, was bent in the fall at this year's Grand Prix of Portugal and, combined with the shoulder fracture, has caused Hayden considerable discomfort ever since.

    Hayden's team-mate, Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, will attend the three-day Jerez test to continue the development of the RC212V.

    Speaking from his home in Owensboro, Kentucky, the World Champion said: "The shoulder's been pretty uncomfortable since Estoril and the testing since the last race hasn't made things any better - it actually hasn't been much fun to ride under these circumstances. I'd love to be at the Jerez test and it's going to be hard to be at laid up at home. But it's time to get this thing fixed so that I can come back fully fit for the tests in January and February and be ready for the 2007 season."