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Roger Lee Hayden: Superbike Kyalami Report

World SBK Kyalami

It was a sixth row start for both Matteo Baiocco and the American Roger Lee Hayden in the sixth round of the Superbike World championship on a sunny Kyalami circuit.

During the morning warm-up both the Pedercini Kawasaki riders had improved their pace with respect earlier sessions and they further concentrated on improving their front and rear tire grip.

Both riders worked hard during the World Superbike qualifying session trying to find the optimal race bike settings, but unfortunately it never happened with the team finding fault in the poor condition of the track surface.

In World SBK race one, Baiocco crashed during the eighth lap, luckily without any physical injury, while Hayden was forced to end his race on the fifteenth lap due to a lack of traction on the rear tire.

In World SBK race two, both riders were able to complete the full motorcycle race distance. Hayden obtained nineteenth position on his Kawasaki ZX 10R, back 56.074 seconds from the winner Leon Haslam while Baiocco finished in twentieth place.

Overall it was another difficult weekend for the entire Pedercini team. Kyalami was a totally new circuit for both Hayden and Baiocco, and the uneven track surface just did not sit right with the their set-ups.

Roger Lee Hayden says:" I’m really disappointed because I was unable to finish race one. My start was very good and having started from the first few laps I pushed very hard and I found a fast pace. Unfortunately, around the middle of the race I had to reduce my rhythm because the rear tire had no more grip and I preferred to re-enter the box to avoid a possible crash."

"We made a few changes to my Kawasaki ZX10R between the two races. We changed the tires and we also used a different traction control. The bike’s performance increased and I was able to obtain the nineteenth final position. Now I’m looking forward to Salt Lake City where I hope we can perform better in front of my home crowd."

Matteo Baiocco says:"I’m really disappointed because in race one I was able to find a good feeling with my bike, but suddenly, during the eighth lap, I lost control in a curve and I crashed. For race two my team made some changes and I was also able to test a new traction control."

"Unfortunately, I did not find the same feeling with my bike as I did in the first race and I preferred not to force my pace and to use this second race as a functional test. Of course I’m not happy with the twentieth position achieved but I look forward to getting better results in upcoming races".

Kyalami Superbike – Race 1 – Sunday, 16 May 2010 10:27

1 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 39’48.343 (153,602 kph)
2 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1.098
3 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 5.049
4 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6.974
5 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 13.710
6 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13.848
7 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 16.064
8 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 16.231
9 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 16.580
10 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 23.100
11 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 24.561
12 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 25.504
13 32 Morais S. (RSA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 27.073
14 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 27.273
15 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 30.692
16 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 34.008
17 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 35.948
18 77 Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 44.030
19 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 48.382
RET 95 Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R
RET 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
RET 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R

Kyalami Superbike – Race 2 – Sunday, 16 May 2010 16:19

1 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39’52.870 (153,312 kph)
2 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 0.522
3 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 0.601
4 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 0.991
5 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1.479
6 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 13.324
7 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 13.740
8 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 14.250
9 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 15.190
10 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 16.790
11 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 21.101
12 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 22.670
13 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 24.506
14 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 31.301
15 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 31.836
16 77 Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 33.710
17 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 35.203
18 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 55.929
19 95 Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 56.074
20 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’08.481

RET 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory
RET 32 Morais S. (RSA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory

The team heads to Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA) for Roger Lee Hayden’s home country race.

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