Roger Lee Hayden will ride in the World Superbike Championship next season after being announced as Pedercini Kawasaki's first signing for 2010.
The 26-year-old, younger brother to former MotoGP title winner Nicky, has established his career in the American-based AMA series, tasting success in both the Supersport and Superbike categories, although it is in the Daytona Sportbike 600cc division that he has most recently participated.
Hayden comes with a small amount of MotoGP experience himself after taking a wild-card Kawasaki Ninja to a respectable tenth place in the 2007 United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca,
A loyal Kawasaki competitor, Hayden will now make the leap to the world championship in 2010 riding a ZX-10R where he hopes his experience of the machine will aid his cause.
“I am really happy to be participating in the World Superbike Championship next year with the Pedercini Team. It has always been my goal to race in a World Championship Series, and now I have the opportunity.
“It's a big difference from what I did last year, but I'm ready and looking forward to taking that next step. I have experience on the Kawasaki Superbike, so that does not make everything completely new.
“It should will be fun learning and racing at the new circuits and of course we have a home round in Salt Lake at Miller Motorsports Park. My first test will be at Portimao towards end of January and I can't wait to get back on a bike again!"
Although team manager Lucio Pedercini admits it is a bold move for Hayden to make, he is confident he has the talent to succeed.
“We're very happy with our signing of Roger. He is a young rider and we hope to realize his full potential and guide him through his debut in Superbike World Championship as we strongly believe that Hayden will put us in a good position to compete in the next Superbike World Championship.