Monday, July 12, 2010

Roger Lee Hayden Scores in the Points in Both Races at Brno WSBK Round


Roger Lee Hayden on the #95 Team Kawasaki ZX-6 leads Jason DiSalvo on the #40 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 during the AMA 600 Supersport final event at Road America in June of '04. This was Roger's first year riding for Team Kawasaki, and he eventually brought them a 600 Supersport Championship in 2007.
Roger's quest to run the World Superbike Championship with Team Pedercini on a limited budget has proved to be a building year for everyone involved, but yesterday at Brno RLH placed 14th in race one and 13th in race two to take his 2nd and 3rd points paying positions of the year. It may not sound like much, but for Roger and the team this is big. In race one the Tom Sykes finished 11th on the Kawasaki Factory effort and in the second race RLH finished AHEAD of all of the other Kaws in the championship. Great job Roger! Hang in there man, you're making us proud!
DiSalvo, who until just after the Miller/USA round was running in the World Supersport Series, showed up at Grattan Raceway outside of Grand Rapids, MI. over the July 4th weekend and helped the Team Zyvax Yamaha team to victory and second place in the WERA Endurance race that weekend. As it were, Jason must have faced a much steeper and darker curve in bringing the ParkinGO Triumphs up to speed as he parted company with them just after the Miller USA/WSBK round at the end of May.

Roger Hayden, who has been contesting the World Supersport series in Europe this year for Team Pedercini Kawasaki, scored his 2nd and 3rd points paying finishes yesterday at the Brno round. The underfunded team has struggled throughout the season to get up to form, and Roger having to learn all the tracks this year has also played against them this year as well. But they have stuck it out and haved gained considerably from where they had started the year off back in February at Philip Island, and their upwards movement paid off in the points yesterday.
In the process of doing so, Roger placed 13th and ahead of the other Kawasakis, except for 11th place finisher Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki factory effort in race one, and placed ahead of all of them while going on to finish 13th in race two, his third points paying finish of the year, and best placing for the year as well. Great job Roger!

And to add to the mix I included the race results below, and interview with Roger from back in April and the link to a picture of the Indy Moto2 entry that Roger will be riding for American Honda/Erion Racing in August. Some good things coming down the pike for RLH and Stu's Shots is primed to bring you the news and developments as the season moves on.

Congrats to Roger and Team Pedercini on their great finishes from yesterday.

Good luck and we can't wait to see you at Indy next month, Rog! It's going to be a good to have you representing us in the new Moto2 class at the big IMS track just down the road from Stu's Shots! Go get 'em!


Brno WSBK Race 1 results:

Brno WSBK Race 2 results:


Great interview with Roger from the great folks at that was published back in April. He speaks about the team and how close knit they are and the learning curve they have all faced in light of the budget restraints the team has as opposed to some of the factory teams. Good read--catch it here:

And just to add to this great news today is the article from Dean Adams over at of Roger's Moto2 American Honda/Erion Racing entry for the Red Bull MotoGP Indianapolis round in August. This details some of the team's inner ties between the relationship with Team Manager Kevin Schwantz and the team that designed the great looking graphics for the U.S. round.
You can read about it and see the bike and Roger's leathers as he will be wearing in Indy at the end of next month right here:

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