American Nick Hayden tweeted Jan. 6 that he will not need surgery for the broken shoulder blade and ribs suffered in a flat-track training accident Dec. 27 at home in Kentucky.
2006 World Champion Hayden recently visited the orthopedist to the two-wheeled stars, Dr. Arthur Ting, in California for an examination of the shoulder blade.
Hayden also defended the choice of so many riders to train on motocross or flat-track bikes despite the risk of injury - Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi are among the MotoGP riders hurt in the dirt in the last year - by retweeting a post from Moto2 standout Bradley Smith: "Do you think Racers would ride Motocross if we didn't feel it was of 'benefit' to us #readingstupidcomments." Hayden added to Smith's tweet, "true that."
It's unclear whether Hayden will be healthy enough to ride his Ducati GP12 at the first preseason test Jan. 31 at Sepang. But he will head to the Italian Alps to participate - on a limited basis due to his injuries - in the annual Ducati-Ferrari preseason media event at Madonna di Campiglio.