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Why America's latest MotoGP export could be a game changer

Cameron Beaubier's MotoAmerica domination has long-warranted another crack on the world stage, but that never materialised. A Moto2 shot in 2021 has righted this, and it signals a pivotal moment for US hopes of a return to world championship glory...

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The United States of America's contribution to grand prix motorcycle racing over the decades makes for an astonishing roll call. But it's been nine years since an American won a grand prix in any class, when Ben Spies took his sole MotoGP victory at the 2011 Dutch TT on the factory Yamaha.

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The last world champion from the States came even further back, in 2006, when Nicky Hayden beat Valentino Rossi to the premier class crown. The absence of a full-time MotoGP rider from America now stands at five years.

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