Nicky Hayden appeared at his press briefing today with his right hand and wrist wrapped in bandages. Swelling
appeared between the first two GPs of the season, for reasons that no-one is entirely sure about. Old injury flaring
up? Reaction from the operation he had before the start of the season? Whatever; it looks uncomfortable and is
definitely handicapping him.
Some of the solutions to Nicky's problems may be on show in the bike Michele Pirro is riding. Although he's
officially replacing Ben Spies, Pirro was originally entered as a wild card, one of four he is scheduled for this
season as he is the Ducati factory's test rider. Pirro will probably use an evolution of the current engine but is
unlikely to use the full-on lab bike as the adjustable-stiffness frame isn't raceable yet. Perhaps more importantly, Pirro is officially
entered as a wild card riding for the Ducati Test Team, which means he can use his own engines and not Ben's.
In other news today, the last corner at Jerez is being named after Jorge Lorenzo. Seems a bit premature given he's got a few years left on his career. I am sure you may have a few alternative suggestions.