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Nicky's Title Defense Implodes
By Dirck Edge

All those critics who crowed that Nicky Hayden was an unworthy MotoGP champion last year must now be gloating. After six rounds in 2007, Hayden lies outside the top ten in points, and seems to have no clue about how to run near the front (consistently or not) on race day.

Although Honda admits it missed the mark with its new 800, Dani Pedrosa is third in points and consistently hovers on or near the podium -- far ahead of Nicky Hayden.

It is getting too late for Hayden to mount any serious title defense as Casey Stoner (Ducati) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) have clearly emerged as the main title contenders for 2007.

Source: Motorcycle Daily
 

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I get the distinct impression that Honda are developing the 800 to suit Pedrosa rather than Nicky, so there is as much chance of him winning the title again as there is for Kawasaki to win the manufacturer's championship.
 

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I think the switch to the 800 has had an effect on him, although Pedrosa is looking great! It would have been interesting to see Hayden defend his title if the bikes had stayed the same.
 
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