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Kawasaki's triple top ten delight

Kawasaki's triple top ten delight

At the end of a busy weekend at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Kawasaki Racing left California with their MotoGP reputation enhanced as all three of their Laguna Seca riders came home in the top ten in the West Coast sunshine.

At the end of a busy weekend at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Kawasaki Racing left California with their MotoGP reputation enhanced as all three of their Laguna Seca riders came home in the top ten in the West Coast sunshine.

It was another case of mission accomplished for 'Team Green' who had regular riders Randy de Puniet and Anthony West in sixth and seventh, and wildcard Roger Lee Hayden as the highest placed American finisher in front of the home fans in tenth.

De Puniet was delighted to add 10 points to his World Championship total after bad luck in recent weeks, while team-mate West yet again met his aim of improving his race position at every round - bettering his eighth place from Germany's Sachsenring the previous weekend, despite never having ridden at Laguna before.

Wildcard Hayden, meanwhile, put in an impressive performance on his MotoGP debut, after just a sole day's testing on the 800cc Ninja ZX-RR in Japan at the beginning of July. The younger brother of World Champion Nicky Hayden took victory in Saturday's AMA Supersport race for his Kawasaki US domestic team, before using his Laguna experience to great affect in the MotoGP race, narrowly missing out on ninth place as he was passed by Alex Barros on the very final corner.

Kawasaki's Competition Manager, Michael Bartholemy, summarised the great results commenting: "This is such a great moment; it's fantastic when things like this happen. We're the only manufacturer to have three riders finish today in the top ten and we had the first American rider over the line at the end."

"It's been a difficult few days though: we didn't qualify so well, we were struggling a little and even doubting ourselves a bit but we had a fantastic race. Randy rode brilliantly, Anthony's never even been here before and Roger's never raced a Grand Prix bike! I think, as they say in California, it's been awesome. A very special day for us."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Kawasaki Racing Team

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