Roger Lee Hayden, the sole USA representative in this year’s Superbike World Championship, had probably thought his return home would turn out differently as he was aiming to score a couple of good results in front of his family, friends and road racing fans.
Instead the Pedercini Kawasaki man unfortunately never even managed to reach his minimum aim of scoring at least one point at Miller Motorsports Park.
In World SBK race 1 the brother of MotoGP’s Nicky Hayden started from the fifth row and finished sixteenth overall, just one place away from the points-scoring positions.
In WSBK race 2, in the afternoon, Roger Lee crashed out while battling with the two Factory Kawasaki riders Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen.
Roger Lee Hayden says: "I am really disappointed with today’s results. Starting from the last rows always makes life difficult, but in the second race, after the first few opening laps, the bike felt great and I was able to make some fast laps. During the middle of the race I had a bit of a battle with Vermeulen and Sykes and I tried to overtake them but I crashed and I was not able to restart."
"I’m sorry for the team and I want to thank them for setting things up so well on the machine. We still have some set up problems but overall I’m sure that during the next weeks my team will continue to work on the bike’s setting in order to be ready for the next Misano races".