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January 29th, 2007, 04:56 AM   #1
 
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<div align="centerI know everyone thinks im totally against Hayden, but I just love vale! Anyway I dont want to start up old arguments but where do you think he'll be this year? He's not had the experience on the 250's like the other riders + although he was developing the bike last year he's done nothing sparkling in testing. Opinions anyone?
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January 29th, 2007, 05:18 AM   #2
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Gibernau and Kawasaki do well in testing. The fact of the matter is, You can't look into test times too much, they'll only decive you. Honda might be down now, but they're never down for long, and despite the advantages given to his teammate by the dimensions of the new RCV, Hayden is still at the sharp point of the very long Honda sword, meaning he's the fastest man on the RCV right now. I wouldn't rule a defending champ out as a contender to start with. I think Rossi and Pedrosa will better him this year, but I can't see bridgestone-shod riders like Melandri, or Capirossi beating Hayden. I wouldn't rule him out as a contender. It's a long season, and Hayden's newfound consistency may prove a valuable lesson once again.

On top of that, Someone's gotta win at Laguna
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January 29th, 2007, 05:24 AM   #3
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I agree with richo. That's why teams "test" the bikes, because it's not perfect...because you have to work out details and check certain parameters, etc. If a team went good on a test, then so be it, good for them. If not, like the current situation of Honda, then I suggest they use every day and hour of testing to the maximum to perfect the bike before the Qatar race.
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January 29th, 2007, 07:51 AM   #4
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I expect hayden to be a serious contender this year, maybe even stronger than last year. As for Pedrosa being better than him, i am not so sure. I was previously convinced he would be, and that anything wrong with him last year will now be gone, and the new bikes will help him out. But Hayden is world champion, hes still improving, and he's gonna take it to Rossi again. I can't see anyone else being better than him.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (tinks @ Jan 29 2007, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'><div align="centerI know everyone thinks im totally against Hayden, but I just love vale! Anyway I dont want to start up old arguments but where do you think he'll be this year? He's not had the experience on the 250's like the other riders + although he was developing the bike last year he's done nothing sparkling in testing. Opinions anyone?
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were you expecting essays of opinions?

i actually think pedrosa will do well .. and rossi
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January 29th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #6
 
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Hayden will be reading "The Doctor" logo on Rossi's ass for most of the season i reckon. Thats if he has worked out what it says yet.






<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (4..louzi..2 @ Jan 29 2007, 04:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>were you expecting essays of opinions?

i actually think pedrosa will do well .. and rossi
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January 29th, 2007, 08:26 AM   #7
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Thats if he gets close enough to read them Mick!!

Hayden will not be a contender this year.
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January 29th, 2007, 08:33 AM   #8
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How can you count out the world champion riding a works Honda?
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January 29th, 2007, 08:43 AM   #9
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question is, will he be The Kentucky Kid this year? by winning races
..or The KenLUCKY Kid again? and profit fromn other misfortunes?

actually i don't care...as long as he does his best!
also he needs to beat his "team-mate" more than anyone else.
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I do expect to see Hayden challenge for wins, but I'm not too sure if he will be one of the big title contenders this season. I personally think it will be between Vale and Dani. Of course Nicky's the champ, and that's great, but I'm just not convinced if he has what it takes to beat Vale in a straight fight time after time (then again who is???). He won the title, but he didn't exactly beat Vale on track in a real battle. That's what we've missed last season, I didn't see him actually beat Vale. I hope he and Vale will have great battles this season.
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