"Where are all the Hopkins fans from the beginning of the season who were saying that Hayden wasn't as talented as Hopkins? Looks like he's doing much better in his first season."
No and no. First of all, Hayden is on vastly better equipment than Hopkins. Its amazing that Hopkins even finishes races- that POS Suzuki tossed KRJR (a former WORLD CHAMPION) off so hard that he's missed three or four races. Second, this isn't Hopkins first season, its his second. He rode a two-stroke Yamaha last year on a support team (again, not as good equipment as Nicky but better than what he has now) and finished 15th. Put Nicky on a bike that isn't better than eight of the nine guys in front of him and see what he does- he'll be back a few spots in the points.
he is doing all right, for having the most powerful machine out there. when you watch rossie on the same machine. you can see how powerful it is. the only thing that has kept rossie from tying up the whole motogp early has been his own mistakes.
Troy Bayliss is doing much better on a first year machine.
I guess that's what I'm disagreeing with- I don't think Hayden is doing worse, just not any better than Hopper would have done given equal equipment.
And Roberts' crash WAS caused by the bike- according to him, it went suddenly sideways on him when he downshifted one gear (it shouldn't do that with a slipper clutch) and he couldn't recover fast enough to avoiding running into Hopper.
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