Originally Posted by RelfF2
i'll most likely get hated on for this, and all the nickey haters will say i'm making excuses for him (which i'm not, if he doesn't get it done, he doesn't get it done) but i do think that dani is favored over nickey going into the future. you know FIM wants 250 and 125 to be the preferred route to GP over superbike -- i think this is one of the reasons for the switch to 800cc...and i wouldn't be suprised if Honda feels that Dani will have the advantage once they move to 800s for the same reasons. it pretty clear that honda's eyes are on the future. give the rookie the standard bike, let him learn. give the more experienced rider the development bike, and learn from him.
they are in a pickle though because Nickey is in a position to win the champtionship. now, i know Honda wants this champtionship. having Rossi and yamaha on top is bitter. so over the second half of the season we'll really see Honda's plan. as i see it they have two options. 1.) they can play it safter with hayden, give him some more proven stuff and make the push for the title with the guy already on top of the standings, but maybe lose a small amount of 800cc R&D, or 2.) keep on keeping on with Hayden they way they are and let Dani do his thing, he's not too far behind and could be right in the fight at the end of the year.
it all depends on how confident Honda is in Dani. He's clearly honda's future in honda's eyes, but does honda think he's good enough to be the present? My guess is honda's going to keep on keepin' on the way they are because they don't want to lose the R&D that hayden is doing. plus this current plan has put 2 hondas in the top 3. not too bad of odds for them. the only problem is the other 1 out of that 3 is rossi and i think honda would be better served having a one on one with rossi with their rider having a greater margin then the one hayden has now in this 2 on 1 senerio.
man, i can't wait for the rest of the season. its going to get close.
I also believe after this season, Honda will give Stoner the factory support after showing he can run with the big boys but Yamaha will try to nab him.
Chris V. is struggling really bad. He can pole on the front row but he can't hang with the boys come race day. The same with John Hopkins.
Kenny R. Jr. is looking really good. I mean, we're talking about the KR211V here - far inferior to the RC211V and the other big 3. What's going on John? Come on! Telling you, Suzuki has no idea why they're even in MotoGP or let alone what they're doing in MotoGP.
Melandri, man that interview he gave was one of the honest interviews I've seen in awhile. He flatout just said he was disappointed. He tried to play it off but came back and said he was still disappointed.
Now for Colin Edwards - I just watched the Assen race yesterday and I'm telling you if Colin pushes himself like he did in the race, he can be a contender no doubt. Remember when Nicky passed him, Colin ran off track, and with Nicky having a huge gap lead they thought it was over? Then all of sudden you see Colin charge like a mofo and close that gap in a coupe turns then passing Nicky....now that was a pure display of determination and drive. Something Colin hasn't shown in a long time. He needs more of that.