Rather old news by now, but in an interview on MotoGP.com, Ian Wheeler, Communication Manager of the Kawasaki Racing Team confirmed that Roger Lee Hayden, the youngest of the three racing Hayden brothers, would be riding the Kawasaki ZX-RR at the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. At least, that's what Kawasaki hope. For suprisingly, Roger Lee's manager, Steve Dicterow, told RoadRacing World that the deal is yet to be confirmed.
In that interview, Dicterow says that Hayden still has a few hoops to jump through before receiving official confirmation that Dorna will accept his entry as a wild card rider. Although this is likely to be little more than a formality, it's still a little surprising that Kawasaki chose to announce the news before Hayden's entry has been finalized. Such a premature announcement could possibly come as a result of the difficulty Kawasaki had keeping the news that Ant West had been signed to the team a secret.
Roger Lee Hayden is currently riding for Monster Kawasaki in the US-based AMA Superbike championship, and is tipped by some as the best of the three Hayden brothers. There are some rumors that Roger Lee could be in the frame for a full-time MotoGP rider in the near future, with Kawasaki being the name he is most usually linked with, but the idea that Roger Lee could make the move without first finishing a good deal further up the AMA field than the 10th spot he is currently holding seems improbable.