Monday, May 10, 2010

Roger Lee Hayden Scores First Points in WSBK R2 at Monza


Tommy Hayden on the #1 leads younger brother and team mate Roger Lee Hayden on the #95 Team Kawasaki ZX-6R-based entries during the running of the AMA 600 Supersport final at Road America in June of 2005. Tommy won the '05 AMA 600 Supersport Championship to repeat his '04 feat as well for Team Green. He beat little brother Roger in the championship by 19 points for the title, and the brothers finished 1-2 as shown at Elkhart Lake , and between them won 7 races for the '05 season and garnered 16 podiums between them. Roger delivered for Team Green by winning the '07 AMA 600 Supersport Championship after Tommy had moved over to the Team Yoshimura Suzuki team.

Good news from the World Superbike scene this weekend as Roger Lee Hayden, the youngest of Earl's Racing Team out of OWB, scored his first career WSBK points at Monza in race 2 by scoring a 14th place finish for Team Pedercini Kawasaki on the #95 ZX-10R-based privateer superbike. Maybe having older brother Nicky in his camp for race day was like a lucky rabbit's foot for him, but whatever the case, Roger earned a well deserved points-scoring finish.
Having a pretty rough go of things in the European scene this year with a privateer team, Roger fought through the first lap melee that collected James Toseland, Rueben Xaus and Brit Johnny Rea, to garner his first points-paying position in WSBK this year, and finished less then 48 seconds from the front in the process.
Facing a very steep learning curve this year, this is great news for Roger Lee fans as well as Team Pedercini. Bravo to a great weekend for the team and especially to Roger from the U.S. fans as well as fan Stu's Shots for a great job. Hats off to Roger and we hope to see the curve get a little bit easier for him and the team as the year goes on.
Take a bow, man, you deserve it! Now go get 'em for the rest of the season!
Here's the official stats of race 2 in Monza thanks to the Official World Superbike website:

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