In a season that can be called disappointing at best, Nicky Hayden finally stood on the podium at Assen with a third place finish behind Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner. After starting 13th, the finish looks good and perhaps it signals a change for the rest of the season, which, unfortunately, is already half over. Nicky will certainly want to ride at his best in front of the U.S. fans when he appears here for the U.S. Grand Prix on July 22nd. He has a comfort level at his home track and loads of fans which may help garner a win as it has in the past, but, that’s a tall order.
Will this podium be the first of many or was it a one time fluke? The number 1 on his bike proves he has the skills but the 800cc Honda has been quite a challenge for Nicky, maybe he has the setup that will make it work. Many of us would like to see that happen.