WSBK » Hayden scores first points at Monza

Roger Lee Hayden gets onto the board at Monza as he scores two points at Monza.

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May 11, 2010 5:06 PM
Last Edited 2027 days ago

Had it been possible, he should have gone to Moto2. The vast majority of RLH's AMA success came on a 600.

As for WSBK--while I doubt he'd be setting the world on fire with a better bike, the privateer Kawasaki he's on certainly isn't helping.

Martin - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 6:44 PM

At least he didn't finish last this time. Pedercini are consistantly bottom of the barrel this year - it's not clear whether it's the bikes, the team or the riders, but there's no element there which stands out as capable of threatening the top 16, let alone the top 8. Maybe Moto2 or even World Supersport would make more sense for RL next year. Is he regarded as highly as Nicky in the US?

five0five - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 7:04 PM

I've watched RL from the time he hit the AMA in the 600 Supersport class. While he has a times been very quick, he has often seemingly underachieved. Early on his fitness was a question as he earned the nickname "Pork Chop" on the message boards. Later he was hit by injuries which cost him development time on the Kawasaki Superbike.

His brothers, Tommy and Nicky, have both won championships, RL has only one Supersport championship to his credit I believe.

So, the jury is still out on Roger Lee. His family name has undoubtedly opened doors for him, but he has yet to match his siblings achievements.

Ducman1198 - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 7:29 PM

Lets face it a lot of success in wsbk is not skill its equipment. If your not on a factory or factory supported bike your always going to be bringing up the rear. Rog is a victim of poor funding and a shytty bike.

Give him a factory spec bike and a decently funded team and he will be a top 10 rider.

Just look at Lanzi, hes in the same spot as RLH. Hes a decent rider on a shytty bike and a under funded team. But at least he has a Ducati, Rog has a lame azz Kawi.

So give the kid a factory spec bike and then lets see what he can do.

Phil - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 7:34 PM

You would have to question Pedercini's decision to run Kawasaki's in the first place, even the works team are struggling.
As for RLH, he's also got to learn all the tracks too.

Pap's Mear - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 9:04 PM

Roger did fine on his MotoGP wild card ride. Even on that pig of a Kawasaki he managed a 7th place at Laguna which is not a bad run for the first time aboard a MotoGP bike. He did win a single Super Sport title but after he was taken out a year or so ago, he hasn't really been the same. As far as being highly regarded as Nick was, well no, not really. Tommy was the first one to get a big contract at Muzzy as Doug Chandler's teammate. Nicky was already known to be the fastest of the three and when Roger came along he ran near the front too, but was not as aggressive as Nick was. Tommy isn't as aggressive either. Roger did manage to race a 600 in the old 750SS class and do well, but so did Tom


May 11, 2010 10:45 PM
Last Edited 2027 days ago

I think Roger is a better rider than his results would show at the moment. His MOTOGP ride at Laguna would attest to that. However he seems to be lacking something mentally this year. Perhaps motivation perhaps demoralized after having his @ss handed to him every weekend. He made a mistake signing for Pedercini. They have been WSB bottom feeders for years but it probably seemed like his only option at the time.
To me he does not seem to be trying very hard. He for sure does not have that much touted Nicky work ethic, or Nicky's speed.
I would not be surprised if the packed up and headed back to AMA which has seen some resurgence lately.

tune those things ! - Unregistered

May 12, 2010 12:15 AM

R.L.'s current teammate, Baiocco, rode a Ducati for the last half of the 2009 season and he finished as high as 10th on it. During the first half of 2009 he was on a Kawasaki and was at the back of the pack just like he is now.

I don't know if it's the engines, or the chassis set-up, but something isn't right with those Kawis.

Pap's Mear - Unregistered

May 12, 2010 2:47 AM

There is a video interview with Nick over at roadracing world dot com where he talks a little about the Pedecini bikes. Apparantly they're essentially bone stock ZX10s with very little in the way of tuning. I read earlier in the year that Roger thought the AMA SBK ZX10 was faster than his Pedercini bike. Roger didn't race much of last year and the year before he was injured in a crash at Barber. I watched it, and it was really ugly.

I never though he had Nick's outright speed but he's not as bad as his current position in WSBK would indicate. I don't think he needs a full factory bike, just a good bike thats not being loaned out for use in a domestic series after WSBK races

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