Nicky Hayden has announced that he won't be taking part in the final MotoGP test before the winter test ban, as a result of an injury suffered in his crash at Estoril. In this crash, Hayden injured his right shoulder, and also damaged a plate holding his collar bone together, fitted after an earlier accident. The Kentucky Kid attempted to keep his injury quiet in the run-up to the final Valencia race, so as not to give his opponents (a certain V. Rossi) any psychological advantage. This decision was later vindicated after Nicky Hayden became the first man to take the MotoGP championship from Valentino Rossi since the series began in 2002.
Each time news appears about crashes at Estoril, the layers of irony just run deeper and deeper. After becoming world champion, Hayden revealed that he had been carrying a shoulder injury from the crash caused by Dani Pedrosa. In 2005, Pedrosa announced that he had been carrying a shoulder injury, right after he became world 250 champion, in Phillip Island. That sound you hear is history repeating.