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January 1st, 2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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Im really happy to compete in the World Superbike championship with team Pedercini. I always wanted to join a team in World Superbikes and now this dream has come true. I know it will be a completely different experience compared to my past, but I feel ready to face this new challenge. Ive already ridden the Kawasaki AMA Superbike so everything wont be completely new to me. It will be fun and exciting racing and learning new circuits, apart from my home race in Salt Lake at Miller Motorsports Park. My first contact with my new team will be at Portimao late January and really cant wait to get back on a bike.

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We are very pleased to welcome Roger to our team. Hes a young rider and we will do our best to exploit his full potential and help him with his World Superbike Championship debut. Roger Hayden has already proved to be competitive in the U.S. and knows the Kawasaki ZX 10R and we want him to continue his career with Kawasaki. Hell probably need little time to adjust to our team, the new tracks and a difficult and competitive championship, but were confident that his talent and determination will help him.
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good! i hope we see more of our young talent signed up in moto2 & wss.
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Pov, are you link challenged?
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waste of his talent unless Kawasaki give him a really high level of support. He should be on the factory squad with Verme b/c unlike Sykes, Hayden has actually won a championship. Nothing against Sykes, but Hayden has definitely got the raw end of the deal for the last 2 or 3 seasons.

With some luck he'll be boosted up with Vermeulen for 2011 and he'll be on a competitive team in WSBK.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (mylexicon @ Jan 2 2010, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>waste of his talent unless Kawasaki give him a really high level of support. He should be on the factory squad with Verme b/c unlike Sykes, Hayden has actually won a championship. Nothing against Sykes, but Hayden has definitely got the raw end of the deal for the last 2 or 3 seasons.

With some luck he'll be boosted up with Vermeulen for 2011 and he'll be on a competitive team in WSBK.
IF you are on any Kawi, you got the raw end of the deal! hopefully he'll do ok
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Jan 2 2010, 04:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Pov, are you link challenged?
'Missing Link' challenged more like.

This just hit the kill switch on RLH's career. I agree Lex, he is far too highly talented for team Pedercini, but Paul Bird's quasi factory squad will not fare much better. Such a shame that Kawasaki should be regarded as such dead end option in racing, when you think back to Scott Russell's achievements.
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Agree with the above, Kawasaki anywhere means dead end. Sucks too because people will see his result and conclude he's subpar.
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I wish him the best, hope he can pick up some respectable results. It's going to be a challenge though, it's been a while since anyone has been able to get much out of a Kwaker in WSBK.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Jan 2 2010, 11:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Pov, are you link challenged?
Nope,just knew it would frustrate you. Dont know why, but it does. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
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Roger Lee mentioned on CycleNews that he signed with Pedercini because he go tired of waiting for a Moto2 offer. I had read previously that teams were interested in him but he could not secure the "funding".

Someone help me understand this, there are plenty of seats for Spanish and Italian riders in Moto2, some of which have far less racing pedigrees and few with an actual noteworthy title, some with limited high level 600 racing; yet there is no room for a Roger Lee? I realize I'm a highly biased opinion on this one but Moto2 is a new series of 600s and Roger Lee was recently an AMA Supersport champion, before this was Rookie of the Year in the series; he went on to be runner-up in the championship, second to his brother no less. He's got a respectable top ten finish on a Kawasaki (add a few positions to adjust for the fact it was on a Kawasaki GP bike); he would be the lone American (thus far) in a ground level series that will be highly looked at in its first year--it would seem a great opportunity for a sponsor to get coverage. What in this equation for a Moto2 team makes sense not sign an available rider such as Roger Lee? It couldn't have been the demand of salary since while in the AMA he's earned a factory ride several years; yet, with Pedercini, a privateer/satellite team who's riders have sometimes paid to ride, is a low level effort on already non competitive program that is miserable Kawasaki WSBK.

Somebody help me understand what the Moto2 owners were thinking...
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