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. 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.
Hayden's final season in MotoGP in 2015 coincided with a change in America to the AMA Superbike series, where Hayden cut his teeth in before getting his call up from Honda for the 2003 premier class campaign.