Ducati rider Nicky Hayden underwent surgery on Monday to speed up the healing process on the right wrist he injured during the MotoGP finale at Valencia. The American rider was injured after being involved in a multiple-bike crash at the start of the race.
During the operation, a small screw was inserted in Hayden's fractured scaphoid. The radial styloid, which is also fractured, was not treated.
"Everything went pretty smoothly," Hayden said. "The scaphoid is a slow-healing bone, so you don't want to wait, only to find out in January that it's not healing correctly. I'm happy to get it fixed right so that I'll be ready to go when I need to be."
After wearing a brace and using a bone stimulator for four weeks, Hayden will have his wrist X-rayed again to assess its status. Ducati says Hayden is confident he will be ready for the first test of 2012 on Jan. 31.