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GO NICKY!!!!!

My wife and I have been following Nicky for years since back in the day here in Amercia where he won race after race. It was hard going for Hayden at first in MotoGP but it's great to see all the hard work and consistancy finally pay off. Nicky might not be as flashy as some of the other riders (The Dr. for example) but between the consistancy and his bike not breaking down as much he pulled it off.

Congradulations NICKY HAYDEN on your 2006 MotoGP world Championship!!!
 

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I also read other comments where Rossi said that if he couldn't win the championship, he wanted Hayden to do it because he is "a great guy." He was very impressed that Earl came to his motorhome after the Estoril race and congratulated him, calling Mr. Hayden a real gentleman. He also said that his relationship with Nicky hasn't changed since Hayden arrived in 2003, which is very difficult to achieve and unusual at this level of racing.



He also threw in a little jab at Pedrosa, saying that Hayden handled several incidences of Dani's aggressive riding with class.
 

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No doubt. After reading several of Valentino's post-race comments, he almost sounds as if he's defending Hayden against detractors and saying things that he obviously couldn't say during the title chase.
 

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Yup. More specifically, he said that he thought by getting caught between two other bikes, the M-1 was not getting proper cooling and losing HP.
 

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Wow, what an unpredicted finish to the season.....congrats Nicky Hayden.



The Doctor really is a class act and possibly the finest this sport has ever seen. When he is having a good day on the right track with the right bike , I dont think anyone could or can best him.



Nicky will now take his place among other American legends of the sport starting with King Kenny, Fast Freddy (dont forget he won 250 AND 500 same year), Steady Eddie, Rainie, Schwantz, and KR Jr. Hopefully this will be the start of many championships to come.
 

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Congrats to both Nicky and Vale

What a great racing season! Nicky's dramatic and emotional victories at Assen and Laguna Seca. His struggles with HRC (bike development) and Dorna (the Phillip Is Rossi yellow flag episode). The horrible incident with Pedrosa at Estoril.

And how about Vale's down, then up season, starting with that abysmal first turn incident in the season opener at Jerez? And then the various mechanical failures, including the unbelievable lap 21 failure while leading at Le Mans? And then, storming back from a 51 point deficit, Rossi almost manages to pull off an incredible comeback to claim yet another world championship!

My god. What drama, what tension, what fate, what a season. What fun for us MotoGP fans!

In the end two fine sportsman and champions came to the final race to decide the championship. I would have been pleased to see either man take it, 'cause I like and admire both of them. But I surely had a little bit of bias for young Nicky, and am pleased as punch to see him crowned world champion. Waytago Nicky!

But my hat's off to Vale as well, who was truly a class act and exemplary sportsman, going out of his way, despite what must have been intense frustration and disappointment, to contragulate Nicky on his achievement and say nice things about him and Nicky's family. Whadda class guy.

So congratulations to two immensely talented, hard working and competitive motorcycle road racers, who just happen to be decent human beings to boot.

Thanks for a great season of racing. I look forward eagerly to next year and the debut of the 800cc machines.
 

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What ridiculous hyperbole. Nicky's a swell guy and all, but if Rossi's bike doesn't break twice, the championship probably isn't close.



I'm glad to see an American win and Nicky deserves all of the plaudits of a champion, but give me a break. Your melodrama is nauseating.
 

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Re: What a day for kpaul the GMP

Why, he made it the March before Last.........
 

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I'm excited about Stoner riding for Ducati. Once Nicky resigned with Honda, I was rooting for Ducati to sign Melandri or Stoner. Melandri would have been the safer choice, but Stoner has more of the fabled "upside". Best case scenario he becomes the next Schwantz, worse case the next Xaus. Either way, he'll put in some entertaining rides and should be a good teammate for Capirossi.



For 07, the Pramac D'Antin team will be using the same generation bike as the factory team instead of last year's cast-off. While they won't get as many of the "good parts" as the full factory effort, it will be interesting to see if Barros can give Ducati three competitive bikes.



 

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Ifs don't count.



If Sete doesn't crash out half the field including Capirossi, Ducati would be celebrating the championship right now.
 

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The biggest change to my perspective yesterday regarded Valentino Rossi. I don't necessarily believe that he is the "Greatest Motorcycle Roadracer of All Time".



I've been following the sport for awhile now and believe that on any given day, on any given track any number of Riders in their prime could have given him a good run, at least, on comparable equipment. There were just such days, tracks and Riders This year. I'm taking nothing from Valentino there, I'm just saying he's not the only person, ever, that can ride the hell out of a motorcycle. There were a few fairly fast guys before Valentino was born, even.



I always respected him as a Great Champion although I thought he was in "Golden" positions and had used synergy or the big MO to roll through for awhile. I resented that many had labeled him "The Greatest Motorcycle Roadracer of All Time!"



His victories were shallow for me but he showed me more in defeat yesterday than any victory could have. I believe adversity can force a Man to show his true colors.



Valentino's loss convinced me of his Greatness.



Hail Valentino Rossi!!!



Certainly One of the Greatest Motorcycle Racers of All Time!!!





Dani's stock went up too, for me.
 

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Well, how could Mini-me's stock do anything but go up? His comments after the Estoril and Valencia races were shallow and self-centered. Estoril - "My brakes failed" Yeah right. I was just getting to appreciate his talent, but he (and don't get me started on PUIG!!) just doesn't get it. No, Dani, you are NOT the center of the universe
 

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Did you take your medication today?

YOU are nauseating...go climb back into the cesspool of negativity you came from. This year was Nicky's year and we're celebrating--no room for party poopers like you, sorry. Just go ahead and click the button marked "x" at the upper right of your browser.
 

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I agree. Nicky won for the same reasons that Colin Edwards, Troy Bayliss, Kenny Roberts and Rossi won their championships - consistent, high level performance
 

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I agree. Unfortunately, as happened earlier in the season, his Yamaha didn't quite have the right set-up, and he was fighting it.



Even if he hadn't crashed, I think he would have struggled for an 8th place finish needed to win the championship (Rossi wins tie-breaker with more wins) Further, If Nicky needed to, I think he could have pushed and gotten 2nd place. Rossi then would have needed 4th or better. No way, Rossi was getting 4th on that bike, that day.
 

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I said that Nicky overcame more obstacles than any other rider to win a world championship. From a political and sometimes unjust set of circumstances, I certainly feel this is true. Looking back on Eddie Lwason's final championship (1989), he won that championship on a bike (Honda) that every other rider on the GP circuit said was absolutely unrideable. Gardner, Rainey, Doohan, Schwantz all stated the '89 Honda was the worst handling monster ever seen on the GP circuit. Eddie had the talent to ride around an "unrideable" machine to beat all of the above. I my opinion, perhaps the greatest riding achievement in GP racing.



No doubt, Rossi is one fine class act. He has done wonders to promote a sport that could use good publicity (especially in the lame and ignorant US sports world). And he certainly is the greatest rider in the post 2-stroke era. However, the 4-cycle bikes are much easier to ride and, with the advent of traction control, even more so. Guys like the group mentioned above had to RIDE without any such assistance. Traction control was their right wrist taking charge of a trigger more than a throttle. The retired old guard must laugh and resent a little of the credit being delved out on the current GP riders. Ya gotta wonder how the current group of GP riders would have dealt with the 500cc 2-strokes. We already know Rossi could handle them. My guess is Nicky and his dirt track background would adapt brilliantly, but how about the new 250cc class up-and-comers? They have a much easier entrance into MotoGP than anyone before. I say make traction control return to the rider's right wrist, but I've already lost that battle. Even our sport is becoming computer controlled. Damn.....
 

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How can you call the US sports world lame and ignorant when we're the only country to reject soccer?



That makes us superior IMO!
 

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"we're the only country to reject soccer" I think baseball fills that void in the U.S. i.e sports that are fun to play but boring to watch.. If we didn't have baseball I am sure soccer would take it's place..
 

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Yeah. We already have the Raiders. We don't need visits from the Brit Soccer Team and their fans.
 
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