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Hayden: No surrender

Having seen his championship lead shattered by team-mate Dani Pedrosa's mistake last time out in Portugal, Nicky Hayden has declared he'll fight to the bitter end to try and secure a sensational title turnaround in Sunday's Valencian season finale.
The Repsol Honda rider held the 2006 world championship lead since round three, but will start the seventeenth and final event of the year eight-points behind reigning champion Valentino Rossi, after Pedrosa's extraordinary careless error left them both in an Estoril gravel trap.
Only one rider, Kenny Roberts Jr, has beaten Rossi to a premier-class crown - and that was in the Italian's first 500cc season back in 2000 - but Hayden must try not to dwell on the size of the task facing him, or on what might have been had Pedrosa kept control of his Honda, and focus on the fact that anything can still happen.

"When I think about the last race I still feel pretty sick but the truth is I've got to get over it because whinnying or talking about it any more won't change that 'doughnut' in the points column," said Nicky, who cheered Elias to a narrow victory over Rossi after his own elimination. "My shoulder is feeling a little better, the clutch is finally better and my boy Elias did me a huge favour at Estoril and gave me hope!"

Hayden rates the Valencia circuit as one of his favourites on the grand prix calendar and he finished just 0.097secs seconds adrift of race winner Marco Melandri last season, in which Rossi and Yamaha were third.

"Valencia is a track I really like and the atmosphere there is unreal - it's as good as it gets as far as a crowd to race in front of," he said. "So I go there with nothing to lose - I need to win and hope that Rossi has a bad weekend. I know that's a long shot but we won't surrender until the chequered flag on Sunday. I know my team is in my corner and I have lots of fans - especially back home - still riding with me. Also it's the last race for MotoGP as we know it so I am sure this one will be another classic!"

If he scores nine points more than Rossi the crown will go to Hayden, but in many ways the pressure is now off the young American, and has shifted to Rossi... and Pedrosa.
The 21-year old Spaniard, a double race winner in his rookie season, has gone from hero-to-zero after the shocking Estoril incident - which many believe proved that Pedrosa rides for himself and not the team. Dani's only hope of salvation if is he and Hayden finish one-two this weekend, giving Hayden the crown, and Pedrosa has pledged to help Hayden in any way possible - but it may be too little, too late.

"It's been quite a difficult time since the race at Estoril, for obvious reasons," admitted Pedrosa. "It's hard to just forget such an incident, especially when it was so important for Nicky and the team, but that is what I must do now. I have to put it behind me and to focus on getting the best possible result this weekend.
"I'll do everything I can to help Nicky - we have a big challenge ahead but we can make it. Valencia is a small circuit, but it's a good test of the bikes. On a MotoGP machine it's going to feel very tight and the key will be to get a good balance from the bike in the many medium and slow corners.
"It's very flat and it's very good for fans because they can follow the whole lap of a rider from almost every spot. And since it's the last race of the championship and in Spain, the atmosphere is going to very intense. I've been on pole position and won the race here three times before so I really hope the weather stays fine and I'm able to put in a strong performance this weekend and get the right result for the team," he concluded.
 

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For Hayden to win the 2006 MotoGP World Championship the following must happen:

Hayden 1st (25 points) with Rossi 3rd or below (16 points)
Hayden 2nd (20 points) with Rossi 5th or below (11 points)
Hayden 3rd (16 points) with Rossi 9th or below (7 points)
Hayden 4th (13 points) with Rossi 12th or below (4 points)
Hayden 5th (11 points) with Rossi 14th or below (2 points)
Hayden 6th (10 points) with Rossi 15th or below (1 point)
Hayden 7th (9 points) with Rossi 16th or below (0 points)

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well at least hes confident that hes gonna do well on that course...and he likes it to boot
 

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its gonna be an awesome race man. im telling you guys man, there's gonan be bumping and all kinds of crazy stuff going on, someone is either going down, or running off the track.
 

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lets just hope for the sake of nicky its not him
 

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For the first time in 14 years, the MotoGP World Championship will be decided with a final round showdown, which Yamaha's Valentino Rossi will start eight-points ahead of Honda's Nicky Hayden.

Reigning five-times world champion Rossi has only lost one premier-class title since he arrived in 2000, but - after a difficult season - the Italian superstar only took the 2006 points lead last time out in Portugal, in a race of truly monstrous consequences for the Repsol Honda team.

Hayden began the penultimate round 12 points clear of Rossi, but team-mate Dani Pedrosa stunned the MotoGP world when he slammed into the side of the Kentuckian on lap five of 28, bringing them both down and leaving the way clear for Rossi to lead the championship.

Hayden's fury may have abated, but Pedrosa's colossal mistake can only be rectified in one way: The 250cc world champion, who has won the 250cc race at Valencia for the last two years, must finish second behind Hayden on Sunday to give the American and Honda the world title by a single point.

more here..... http://www.crash.net/news_view.asp?cid=6&id=139411
 

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Has even more pressure on him to me. He had a huge comfortable lead and through various reasons maybe in his control, maybe not, squandered it and with help from Pedrosa is now in more of a desperate situation then Valentino. Valentino doesn't have to finish first so long as he finishes in front of Hayden.
 

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The pressure is on Rossi to keep the titile, undefeated since 01 man, cmon, thats some pressure right there, Hayden just has to ride and give it a last good proper shot. Rossi however, has to win, is expected to win, Hayden just wants to get in there man, just to prove he can do it. shut all the nay sayers up. Yeah, he has a little pressure, but less then what he had the previous race. Unlike Rossi who is for the 1st time ever fighing to secure his championship on the final race for the 1st time ever in his MotoGP carrer. You guys gotta remember, Rossi always won with races to spare, had it in the bag with like 2 or 3 races left.
 

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Yeah except Rossi has never shown himself as one to crack or get nervous under pressure.......
EXACTLY what I was gonna say.

Here's what we do know: Hayden says he will go to the bitter end, Pedrosa vows to help Hayden and the team take the title.

What we dont know: who will win, who will buckle under pressure, who will qualify at the head of the pack.

We can all make educated guesses as to what will happen this weekend, but trying to predict the race is next to impossible. When that red light goes out and the flag drops...pressure doesnt mean a thing IMHO. It's gonna be a hell of a race, and I cant wait :evil1:
 

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I know, too bad the race is going on at the same as the broncos/colts game, I will have to DVR it and watch it after the game!!
 

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Drew303 said:
I know, too bad the race is going on at the same as the broncos/colts game, I will have to DVR it and watch it after the game!!
If you said NY Giants game I could understand your prediciment, but with the teams you mentioned I think watching the Moto GP is a no brainer
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I know, too bad the race is going on at the same as the broncos/colts game, I will have to DVR it and watch it after the game!!
get your priorities straight....

watch motogp and Tivo the football game :director:
 

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god i cant wait for this race!!!!!!!! this is going to be the Sh!t!!!!!!!
 

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*********** presents the following scenarios to keep you abreast of what the two riders’ positions in the race will mean in championship terms, showing what Rossi needs to do if Hayden finishes in the top seven.



Hayden wins the race

Rossi needs to finish second if the American is first past the chequered flag.



Hayden takes second

Rossi can afford to have one rider between himself and Hayden if the Repsol Honda rider finishes second. Nothing less than fourth place would hand him the title.



Hayden finishes third

The final podium possibility. Rossi can afford to sit back in eighth if Hayden is only able to take the third spot on the rostrum.



Hayden finishes fourth

If Hayden is off the podium in Valencia, then Rossi wouldn’t even need to be one of the first ten past the line. Eleventh place would see him crowned 2006 MotoGP World Champion.



Hayden comes in sixth

Fourteenth place would be sufficient for a Rossi title win if Hayden rounds off the top six on Sunday.



Hayden finishes seventh

If Hayden can only manage seventh, then a single point for Rossi would be enough for the premier class title number six.
 

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Maybe Pedrosa will crash his bike into Rossi's this week end. That would certainly help out Hayden.
 

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rossi's not going to just crack. hayden needs to win and nothing less. he wouldn't be in this situation had he chosen a softer tire a while back. that having been, let me give and inaugural GO NICKY!!!
 
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