Roger Lee Hayden replaces injured de Puniet
19 July 2010 – World Superbike rider Roger Lee Hayden will be riding the LCR Honda at home in the United States this weekend following Randy de Puniet’s leg-breaking accident in the German Grand Prix. With a fractured tibia and fibula, the Frenchman underwent surgery on Sunday night.
Ironically, with World Champion Valentino Rossi having just returned in Germany from a broken leg, de Puniet suffered the same fate as he was involved in a fiery Lap 9 accident which also took out Álvaro Bautista’s Suzuki and Aleix Espargaró’s Pramac, with the two men ploughing into de Puniet’s bike which consequently burst into flames.
Flown to hospital in Hartmannsdorf, de Puniet – who has starred in recent races – has had a titanium rod inserted into his leg in order to support the fracture, with a convalescence now beginning with MotoGP’s Clinica Mobile staff.
“As riders we always risk crashing and breaking something, but it’s always when you are not thinking about crashing that you do,” said Randy. “After the crash, when Kalio involuntarily hit my leg. I immediately understood that I had a serious problem, but the surgery went very well and now I am feeling better.
“I want to thank Doctor Costa and all the medical staff here for the good job they did. They say that I need six weeks’ recovery period to start racing again but I will try my best to be back in Brno.”
Although the circumstances may be inferior, the brother of 2006 Champion Nicky Hayden looks forward to his first MotoGP outing since those with Kawasaki in 2007. “First of all I want to wish Randy a speedy recovery,” Roger commented. “It’s never nice to see another rider on the sidelines due to injury.
“I'm very happy that LCR has chosen me to fill in for Randy this weekend at Laguna Seca. It is a track I like a lot and I hope to do a good job for the team and for all the American fans. I want to thank team Pedercini for giving me the ‘okay’ and everyone else involved to make this great opportunity happening.”