American Disappointment at the Red Bull USGP Laguna Seca

Sunday’s Red Bull USGP at Laguna Seca was an action packed race, tho in the end it proved quite disappointing for fans of U.S. riders. North America could count 7, yes 7 “hometown” riders that were eligible to participate.

Of course Kenny Roberts Jr. did not start the race. Our local hero Nick Hayden did not finish, neither did Kurtis Roberts. John Hopkins and Nick Hayden came together in a first-lap, second corner incident that dashed any hopes of either one of them standing on the podium. Hopkins pitted, re-entered the race and placed 15th. Miguel Duhamel also did not finish the race.

The bright spot for America was none other than Roger Lee Hayden, who rode a spectacular race considering this was his very first MotoGP outing. Rog had logged only a few hours on his Kawasaki MotoGP racer before this weekend. He was supposed to have had 2 days’ practice on the bike in Japan, but one day was rained out. When you consider that the Kawasaki is not the most competetive bike of the MotoGP class, and add the fact that Rog also had a 600 Supersport race the same weekend (which he won), R.L. Hayden’s 10th place performance was phenomenal. It even looked like he would finish 9th, until the last lap when veteran rider Alex Barros slipped past. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Roger finds himself with his very own MotoGP ride in the very near future. Major props.

Colin Edwards, aka The Texas Tornado, placed 11th, just behind Roger Lee. This despite his flashy one-off paint scheme in honor of his home race.

Results as follows:
1. Casey Stoner – Ducati
2. Chris Vermeulen – Rizla Suzuki
3. Marco Melandri – Honda
4. Valentino Rossi – Yamaha
5. Dani Pedrosa – Honda
6. Randy De Puniet – Kawasaki
7. Anthony West – Kawasaki
8. Makoto Tamada – Tech 3 Yamaha
9. Alex Barros – Pramac D’Antin Ducati
10. Roger Lee Hayden – Kawasaki
11. Colin Edwards – Yamaha

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