Originally posted by RealRacer2305
rossi is leaving just yamaha or the sport entirely??
if rossi is retiring then i would imagine it being gibernau who reigns supreme. biaggi sucks to much.
Rossi may retire in '07 from Moto GP.
Gibernau will not be the new king if he can't get his emotions under control. He's becoming the new Biaggi. However, I think the Ducati team w/ Gibernau and Capirossi could be the team to beat in '06 & '07.
Melandri is most likely to be the heir to the throne if he keeps the pace. He's been Rossi's best competitor and even though HRC is refusing him the same treatment reserved for their factory riders (Hayden and Pedrosa) he's likely to continue his dominance.
It will be interesting to see how Dani Pedrosa adapts to the bigger bikes. He was genius on the 250, but the GP bike is an entirely new animal. I guess we'll see.
James Ellison has been offered a Ducati ride next year. It will be interesting to see how he performs on the Italian monster.
I think the real shocker will be Nicky Hayden who, along with Melandri, may be the class of the field in '06 & '07. He's gained tons of momentum and confidence after winning at Laguna Seca. His second place at Valencia just behind Melandri may be a sign of things to come.