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Bayliss did fantastic today and proved that he does have the pace to race with those guys. I'm sure he could have fought for the podium had his bike been handling better. It was quite obvious that the bike didn't have the front end grip, both going into the corners and more especially with it's understeering on the power coming out of turns, in comparison to the sorted Hondas he was racing with. But I especially enjoyed Rossi's and Baylisses dice. That one corner (I think it might have been the last right before the left onto the start-finish straight) where Rossi and Bayliss came out of it side by side with the bikes sideways and the front wheels pawing for the sky in perfect harmony will be an indicator of things to come. (Would have made a great phot if anyone way on the spot.)



But also congrats to Gibernau on the win. It was a fitting tribute for Kato like they said.
 

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I'm impressed with Nicky Hayden. Tons of people were pissed that he was moved up to this class over Edwards. So far, two 7th place finishes and 6th in points shows he deserves to be on this bike. I really like Edwards as well but I think the promotion was justified.



John Hopkins is in his second year and Hayden is spanking him. Nobody *****ed when he was moved to this class.
 

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Nobody *****ed about Hopkins because he got drafted onto the least competative team, not so with Nick. But half the guys in the "he doesn't deserve that spot choir" are finishing behind him, so there.



Does anybody have a friggin clue as to what happened to Colin? Was it his fault or did his bike go mental or what?
 

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I'll say it again: That screaming Ducati is the most exciting thing to happen to GP in a long time. Now that they've proven Suzuka wasn't a fluke, Honda has got to be scared of this motorcycle. Once they get the chassis sorted out Rossi won't simply be able to follow it through a corner and power by on the straights. They'll be doing it to him for once.
 

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What Happened to Edwards

Phakisa tends to have a very dusty surface (due to wind and the surrounding arid countryside). The racing line gets cleaned by the bikes, but off the line, traction can be sketchy. Colin was lined up on a very dirty part of the track and spun his tire badly on the start, getting all squirrily. Oliver Jacque shot past him as he veered into Jacque's path. Jacque's bike hit his right bar, steering him hard right, into Hopper. Hopper kept it upright, but the clutch lever crushed into his hand and he finished in pain. McWilliams fork hit Colin's head, but did no damage, and Haga went down as well. Haga was able to restart, but was in serious pain from reinjuring himself after a Saturday qualifying crash.

There is a write up on all this at MotoGP.com and more at Crash.net.

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I am also a Nicky fan, but comparing his finishes to Hoppers' doesn't compute.



Nicky is teammate to the reigning World Champion on what is probably the best bike in the field and is finishing quite a ways back. Hopper is teamed with the 2000 World Champion on a bike that can barely beat the Kawasakis, and that can't beat the 2-stroke Protons. So far, Hopper has beat his former champion teammate 2 for 2.



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Clearly, as long as his tires held up, Troy was the class of the field -- both in power and handling. Just awsome! With a bit more experience (both the team and the riders) on tire selection and management, and they will really shine. Neither Troy not Ducati had ever seen the track until Friday!



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I take it this is your first year watching MotoGP? I take it you are unfamiliar with the superiority of the RC211V as well as the inferiority of the Suzuki? I am impressed with both riders, but I give the nod to Hopper at this juncture.
 

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I'm quite familiar with MotoGP and Honda's dominance with 4-strokes and 2-strokes. Their success has to do with superior machinery, preparation and talent. To even imply that their record is due to only the machine is a joke.



I figured I get all kinds of excuses as to why Hayden is doing well. Considering the fact that Hayden has never been out of the US and never seen most of these tracks he's kicking major ass at this point. Hopkins has had a year already to learn the tracks so I'd put them on equal ground.



My issue is with the people who were *****ing that he got the spot on the team. He damn well deserves to be there and that point is being backed up each time he rides.



Same with all the people who thought the World Superbike guys were inferior to the Moto GP riders. Bayliss and Edwards are amazing riders and they too are proving they can hang with the top of the Moto GP class. I don't know what happened to Edwards but I can guarantee he would have been near the top as well if it wasn't for that fluke crash.



 

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Here Here! Troy is really showing what made him and Colin the class acts of the SBK paddoack last year. That Ducati still looks like it using its tyres too hard at this point, but with a bit more development and experience Honda had better watch out.



As for Nicky, well he was in the same basket as Troy and Colin at RSA. In fact you could say he had an advantage because Honda had a good idea about the track from previoius years AND he was on the equal best bike out there. I understand he is getting used to the bike, but I think the Repsol RC211V was one or two steps too early. Just like Hodgson, I think Nicky may need to go back a step on the bikes before he is ready for the best of the best.



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Honda gave Nicky this ride because they were about to lose him to Yamaha and their MotoGP effort. Honda knows his potential and they want him enough to start him prematurely. I think they're making the right decision. They already have Rossi so whoever they picked as his teammate was going to finish behind him anyway. Why not keep the young talent with the most promise and potential?
 
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