Roger Lee Hayden

2011 WSBK Miller Saturday Roundup - Comparisons: Checa vs The Rest, WSBK vs AMA

Carlos Checa picked up on the first day at Miller where he left off after last year's race: running at the front but plagued by technical problems. The Spaniard dominated here last year, but was forced to pull out of both races when his Althea Ducati packed up. So it was a little bit worrying for Checa when, after blitzing straight to the top of the timesheets in FP1, Checa's 1198R packed up on him, with what was apparently diagnosed as an electrical problem. Going out on the second bike, Checa continued to dominate, until his bike packed up a second time in the same session, this time reportedly with gearbox problems.

Despite the painful echoes of 2010, Checa was back out in the afternoon, this time ending the first session of qualifying without any technical dramas, but with an advantage of nearly eight-tenths of a second over the nearest competition. The Spaniard was merciless from the start: his first flying lap during qualifying was faster than any other rider had managed during FP2, and he got quicker from there, eventually getting to within a couple of tenths of the race lap record. If the bike stays in one piece, it's going to be hard to beat Checa at Miller - if the weather stays dry, of course.

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OnTheThrottle Video Interview With Kevin Schwantz About Moto2

The news that Kevin Schwantz is to make a return to the MotoGP paddock has cheered the spirits of many motorcycle racing fans. The American legend is to run the American Honda wildcard effort which is due to field Roger Lee Hayden at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, where Hayden Jr. will be riding a Moriwaki MD600, together with the Erion Honda team. Naturally, the guys from OnTheThrottle wanted to find out more, and so David Williams spoke to Schwantz at Laguna Seca about the project, and about Roger Lee Hayden's replacement ride on the LCR Honda. Here's what Schwantz had to say:

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OnTheThrottle Video Interview: LCR Honda Engineer "Beefy" Bourgignon On Roger Lee Hayden

MotoGP coming to the US gave the folks over at OnTheThrottle a chance to get into the paddock and talk to some of the people behind the scenes. One of the most interesting characters David Williams caught up with was LCR Honda's Christophe 'Beefy' Bourgignon, crew chief to Randy de Puniet and his replacement Roger Lee Hayden, filling in while De Puniet recovers from the broken tibia and fibula he suffered at the Sachsenring. In the video interview, Bourgignon discusses Roger Lee Hayden's progress on the MotoGP bike, the difficulty of adapting to the Bridgestone tires, and the intricacies of riding a MotoGP bike. Here's what Bourgignon had to say to OTT.

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Nicky And Roger Lee Hayden Teleconference:

Over the course of the year, the press relations people at two of the venues hosting international motorcycle racing in the US - Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Miller Motorsports Park - have hosted some fascinating teleconferences with the stars of the MotoGP and World Superbike series. Yesterday, it was the turn of Indy, and in the capable hands of IMS' communications manager Paul Kelly, the press got a chance to talk to the youngest two of the Hayden brothers, Nicky and Roger Lee. Obviously, much of the talk was about their recent experiences at the Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca, but Nicky and Roger also got a chance to talk about a few other subjects as well: Rog talked about his upcoming Moto2 ride at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on August 28th, while Nicky talked about the strength of racing in Owensboro, Kentucky, and how important Indy is as a home race. Here's the transcript:

MODERATOR: Welcome everyone to this teleconference for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Our guests are two of the prominent members of the first family of American motorcycle racing, the Haydens of Owensboro, Ky. Nicky and Roger Lee Hayden. A little bit of background on both.

Nicky Hayden is in his second season with the Ducati Team and his eighth season overall in MotoGP. He's sixth in the 2010 season standings after finishing fifth in a great battle last Sunday in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Nicky has finished on the podium at each of the first two years of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he'll look to continue that streak at this year's event, which is Aug. 27-29 at IMS.

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Confirmed: Roger Lee Hayden In For De Puniet, Espargaro Heading To US

The search for a replacement MotoGP rider, which seemed so difficult for Valentino Rossi and Hiroshi Aoyama, has not been so complicated for Randy de Puniet's replacement, it seems. Last night, we reported on rumors that Roger Lee Hayden was to replace the Frenchman on the LCR Honda at Laguna Seca, and this morning, it appears that the news has been confirmed. The extremely well-connected Italian site is reporting that the the youngest of the three Hayden brothers has been confirmed as De Puniet's replacement for the Red Bull US GP in Monterey.

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Kevin Schwantz To Run Roger Lee Hayden As Moto2 Wildcard At Indy

Many US race fans were both excited and puzzled by Roger Lee Hayden's announcement that he would be racing a Pedercini Kawasaki in World Superbikes. Excited, because Rog, as Nicky Hayden's younger brother is affectionately called, is highly rated in the States; puzzled because although Hayden is good on a Superbike, his great strength - and his biggest successes, including an AMA Supersport title - is in riding a 600, rather than a thousand. Why did Roger Lee not jump on a Moto2 bike, the fans asked. The answer was simple: money, or rather a lack of it for Hayden to race in Moto2. 

Fortunately for Hayden, and for the US fans who are convinced of his abilities, the American is to ride in Moto2 after all. Hayden has been named as a wildcard rider for the Moto2 race at Indianapolis, at the end of August. Hayden will ride a Moriwaki MD600 fielded by the Erion Honda team, one of the strongest teams in the AMA paddock, and supported by American Honda. 

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OnTheThrottle Video Interview With Roger Lee Hayden

After this weekend's double-header of races, with both World Superbikes in Valencia and MotoGP in Qatar, OnTheThrottleTV put on their usual excellent live video show, featuring interviews and news. The interview subject for the World Superbike series was Roger Lee Hayden, who talks to Dave Williams about the Valencia weekend and living in Ben Spies mountain hideaway in Como, Italy. Here's what Hayden had to say:

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