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Roger Hayden to LCR for Laguna

According to, the LCR Honda team will run Roger Lee Hayden, younger brother of 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, as a substitute for the injured Randy de Puniet in this weekend's US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

de Puniet broke his left tibia and fibula during Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Roger Lee Hayden is racing for the uncompetitive Pedercini Kawasaki team in World Superbike this season, but has plenty of experience of Laguna Seca from racing in the AMA championships and finished tenth in the 2007 US MotoGP as a wild-card for Kawasaki.

Roger is due to race an American Honda-backed Moriwaki entry in the Indianapolis Moto2 round later this season.

There is still no news on whether Aleix Espargaro, involved in the same accident as de Puniet, will be able to race in the USA after scans found a cracked vertebra.

Checks are being made to establish if it is an old (in which case he can ride) or new injury.

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July 19, 2010 11:12 AM

I've got nothing against Roger, he seems like a good kid...but this does seem to be a case of who you know. When Cal got offered the Tech3 ride quite a few notable yank posters on this site were up in arms ranting that he'd done nothing to deserve it...and Hayden has done exactly what?

jake22 - Unregistered

July 19, 2010 11:34 AM

why is this good for the sport (yes I'm american)? RLH hasn't done anything to show that he deserves a MotogGP or Moto2 ride and this is simply marketing for marketing sakes. Every bitched about Yoshikawa subbing for Rossi. but this isn't much better. I'm so sick of all the national predujice in SBK and Motogp. Especially with the media. Why do you think I'd rather watch and hear about an American how is at the back of the field more then the guys at the front? RLH has done nothing for me. I'm sick of everytime MotoGP comes to the US they "americanize" the coverage with announcers who don't know crap about the series. Do the job worse then anyone you could grab off the street.

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