The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

July 25, 2006

MotoGP @ Laguna Seca

11 races completed. 6 to go.

Nicky Hayden sits 34 points ahead of his nearest competitor (and teammate), Dani Pedrosa. Marco Melandri 10 points further back.

If Nicky rides consistently from here on out, he’s got this championship locked up. Pedrosa and Melandri are a season away from the level of riding to consistently beat Nicky to the point they can take the championship from him. Of course, since each race is worth a maximum of 25 points, Nicky crashing or having a mechanical failure can make it very close. But if Nicky rides well— and doesn’t have any horrible luck— he’s got enough of a lead to finish it out.

As for Laguna? Nicky, as expected, finished at the top of the box. He’s a fast rider on the premier Honda team, and he’s got more seat time at Laguna than probably anyone else in MotoGP. 2nd place fell to Dani Pedrosa, which is truly amazing, considering this may have been the first time he has ever seen Laguna. He’s going to be a serious force next season. 3rd place went to Marco Melandri, so our top three championship riders finished 1-2-3 this weekend.

As for Valentino Rossi? His streak of bad luck continued. Due to a mechanical failure, he didn’t finish the race, scoring 0 points. He’s now 51 points behind Hayden, in 4th place.

Below is the last few laps, where you see Rossi having problems, and Nicky’s win.

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