Nicky and Vale actually have a great deal of respect for one another. H#ll, Rossi even likes Earl. Now, can you imagine Earl and Rossi sitting in the RV and tossing back a few beers? Bet that little Italian has a pretty interesting social life.
Sete was a great competitor. He, however, did loose the fire that drives him. He had NO focus the last two seasons and that is a true shame. Rossi was his down fall- the relentless pressure Rossi put on Gibby was too much for the guy and he finally cracked. Too bad, really. But on a bright note: If Stoner can keep the GP7 out of the gravel traps he will be a great replacement pilot.
At the beginning of the year I would have thought Sete, or Marco Melandri would win the series. After Dani's first win I switched and just knew that Pedrosa would be the next Rossi. What a crazy year. If it weren't enough that Nicky stuck it out, KRJR showed he still has it with his new bike. But, like Collin, maybe it's over for them.
Conventional wisdom is that Pedrosa will take his 250 style to triumph ( Bonneville for me) in 07. I think it will be Chris Vermullen that will be the surprise of the season. He is on the verge of being great. "Opie" Stoner will also be right up there on teh Duc and don't pass by Nicky and Rossi. Only one ting I can be sure of - It is gonna be great.
"Obviously this is of old news...but in case there are some who weren't aware or if anyone wants to start bench racing for the '07 season read on.--MO"
I bet the Yamaha Bench will be a Force To Contend With(tm) for the '07 season - Rossi will want a "First 800cc MotoGP Championship" Trophy to complete his set of "Last 500cc 2-stroke MotoGP Championship", and "First 990cc 4-stroke MotoGP Championship" Trophies...........
Yamaha Engineers will really step up with a comfy, solid-titanium/carbon fibre bench, but it'll have a few flaws. Rossi will help fine-tune it, then ride it to final victory.
Pedrosa will be given a bench made from the most unique of alien metals and composites, that Honda engineers came up with, after selling their souls to Satan and sacrificing a Suzuki. But, his manager will fill his head so full of Bullshyte that it will expand like a balloon until it either floats away, or bursts.........