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I don't know if Pedrosa is a better "overall" rider. I think Dani is an exceptional rider for his "style" of riding. But when it comes to dicing, late braking and riding around a bike's problems (i.e. tire sliding, tires going off), I don't know if he's all that great. On "equal" machinery (i.e. RC211V), Hayden demonstrated that he's a better rider than Dani (for the number gurus, they both won 2 races). The difference is how they came about their numbers. Dani had the all-revered dominant 211V, while Hayden had the self-imploding evo211V.
Obviously, the new 212V is built around one rider because the only rider able to WIN on the 212V is Dani. And only Dani has shown that he can put it on the podium consistently. The rider with the next most podiums on the 212V... you guessed it, Nicky Hayden.
Given the PV Honda, Hayden is showing that he can hang with Dani (up until the fuel runs out). So, when it comes right down to it, I don't think Dani is all that better.
Now, here's something interesting: Dani vs. Dovi.
Put Dovi on the same bike as Dani and I swear, Dovi would beat him. This is something I don't think anyone's considered. What kind of garage will that be when Dovi and Dani share it? What happens (and it will happen) when Dovi starts beating Dani? Dani stays with HRC for his last year and he's gone.
But no, I wouldn't say Dani is a better overall rider. Both are very talented in their own right. But I'd say they're comparable. Really, the only test is putting Hayden and Dani both on the same spec 211V and have a go at it.
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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