Honda is proud to announce its unique involvement in the 2010 Moto2 World Championship. Moto2 has replaced the 250 world championship with prototype chassis and new, world-class, updated engines. In fact, this much awaited debut season will see Honda as the sole engine supplier for the Moto2 class.
A powerplant derived from Honda’s supersport-spec CBR600RR will be used by each Moto2 machine – this is incidentally a machine that has proved itself to be one of the most powerful and popular inline 600s in all of history. In the Grand Prix world championship racing, this is the first time that a single manufacturer would be supplying engines for an entire class. Incidentally, this new category is expected to develop into a stepping stone not just for MotoGP but also for other premier classes.
In 2010, only one appearance will be made by Moto2 in the US – this will be at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, held on August 29.
Roger Lee Hayden –
Roger Lee Hayden is one of the three motorcycle racing brothers – all three of whom have become household names in the sport. Roger, Nicky and Tommy are among the best known among motorcycle fans.
Roger Lee is the youngest; he followed oldest brother Tommy and middle brother Nicky, and made his way from the amateur ranks to the professional racing scene. Soon, he was dominating championships, just like his brothers before him. He went on to win AMA Supersport and Superbike championships in the USA – meanwhile Nicky went on to the world stage, and received the much-acclaimed MotoGP crown.
Tommy won back-to-back AMA Supersport championships in 2004 and 2005, thus young Roger was put to the runner-up sport during those two years. Roger took the 2007 AMA Supersport title, but he also campaigned aboard an AMA Superbike that very same season. He also got the opportunity to race the USGP as a wild card entry – this made his MotoGP debut on a factory Kawasaki, he finished 10th, incidentally he was the highest-placing American in that race.
Before he earned a spot in the World Superbike championship for the 2010 season, Roger had competed for almost the entire AMA road racing classes – among them the Superbike, Formula Xtreme, Supersport and Superstock – he got 13 national career victories. Out of these, 12 of them were on 600cc machines.