Indy GP: Hayden & Honda Rode for Kids

Moto2 Ride for Kids

The Indianapolis MotoGP weekend at Indy proved to be a bit of a tough one for Roger Lee Hayden. The WSBK rider (on loan from the FIM Superbike Championship) had been handpicked to ride American Honda’s Moto2 entry at the Brickyard.

Unfortunately Hayden never got the chance to prove his or the Honda’s mettle. The unpredictable nature of racing, combined with a full grid of racers hungry for glory, resulted in two massive pile-ups on the second turn and another motorcycle rider crashed out the Kentuckian.

The Moriwaki Honda MD600 suffered serious damage, preventing Hayden from challenging for position but he soldiered-on once he extracted his race bike from the mêlée.

Roger Lee Hayden says: “I got a good start but then somebody’s rear wheel locked up and they ran into the back of me. I guess I’m lucky to be okay,” the Kentucky rider explained, adding, “I’m just glad we got to go out there and finish the race.”

Off the racetrack however, Honda and Hayden managed perhaps a more relevant victory. The American Honda Moto2 squad’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ride for Kids raised more than $30,000 from the Lap of Champions and merchandise sales.

The money raised will be used to help fight pediatric brain tumors. Roger Lee put his Aldo Drudi-designed leathers (which he wore in the Moto2 race) up for auction as well. Go to to learn more about the fundraising program and the foundation.

Although the American Honda Moto2 effort was thwarted, Honda had a pretty good day of it at Indy, with the American debut of the United States Grand Prix Rider Union Moriwaki MD250H class taking to the world famous Brickyard.

Honda also scored big with the Premiere class win with Spaniard Dani Pedrosa aboard his Repsol Honda RC212V putting on a stellar motorcycle racing performance and distancing himself from the field in a flawless display of riding.