I gotta say Duhamel is one of my all time favourites. He's a fellow countryman and a few of my older buddies grew up racing against him as kids. The dudes got true grit.
I dunno if Gary McCoy will win a world championship anytime soon, with the likes of Rossi and Roberts around, but nobody rides a 500 in this era of racing like he does.
Frakie Chili's an awesome rider and a great personality. Another SBK favourite would have to be Neil Hodgson.
In the area of legends it's a toss up for me between Mike Hailwood and Joey Dunlop. Both great, down to earth guys and legendary riders. R.I.P.
I hear alot of older buddies talk about Bubba Shobert saying Lawson, Schawntz, Rainey, and whoever else, had nothin' on him.