since i was giving nicky hayden a hard time after he fadeed at malaysia, and i'll be the first to say he's made me look like a dumbass. 3 straight podiums and a chance to finish runner up if he keeps on track at valencia. the only thing i'll say is at both qatar and turkey, he finished on the podium, but melandri finished in front of him. Melandri also leads him in points. in a rossi-less gp (that'd be 07, after he signs with ferarri) I think hayden will be a serious contender. i guess he is now, he just has the misfortune of racing aganist the GOAT.