It was good to see Nicky Hayden performing so much better with a 4th place finish in Jerez, especially since he was running on pace with Lorenzo and Rossi, though Pedrosa, running way out in front, seems to be a better fit on the Honda. But MotoGP has a great way of showing that a great performance one race does not make a trend. Stoner had 2 off track excursions and a bad day overall after winning the year’s first race, when you ride at the level of these racers, small performance differences mean a lot.
So who’s going to win it this year? Is Nicky Hayden going to get back to form or have some of the younger riders taken the lead. I’m sure with 2 races in the U.S. this year, he’ll want to do well for the home crowd, as will Hopkins and Edwards. It’s a tough series, it will be fun to watch.