Marco Melandri may have bad memories from the end of his Tech 3 career, but the Italian has proven his worth in WSBK this season and - like Hayden - suits big horsepower bikes. The Italian was title runner-up in the 990cc MotoGP era and, character wise, would be a good team-mate for Hayden.
We feel that dropping from the factory to a satellite Honda team (as looks set to happen) isn't the end of the world for Andrea Dovizioso, who rarely gets the credit he deserves at present. The talented Italian proved in 250 and his first MotoGP season that he has the mental strength to push hard and pull out good results even when his equipment is not the best. He could thrive in an underdog role.
Stefan Bradl is currently leading the Moto2 championship and deserves a shot at MotoGP. Gresini and Honda would be the perfect introduction, while German fans would finally have a home rider to support once again.
Jonathan Rea has excelled in just about every championship he's raced in and deserves a chance in MotoGP - especially in the Superbike-sized 1000cc era - and after staying loyal to Honda for many years. We think he'd be a good match for Lucio Cecchinello's team, which introduced Casey Stoner to MotoGP.
Andrea Iannone is an exciting young Italian, which would be good for both Ducati and Pramac. He also has the speed to succeed in MotoGP, where 'Crazy Joe' would be sure to ruffle some feathers.
Colin Edwards loves a technical challenge. Could his vast knowledge, experience and consistent speed finally help sort out the Ducati? Edwards worked well developing the M1 alongside Valentino Rossi during the Yamaha years and Rossi would surely value his input.
We'd like to reunite the rider/team combination that was so successful in 125 and 250cc racing, although it's difficult to predict if Bautista's style would suit the Ducati.
Cardion AB Ducati:
Karel Abraham has had a decent debut year and being dropped from his father's team for another rider just wouldn't seem right!
So what do you reckon? Do our thoughts tally with yours, or would you shift the grid around rather more? Have your say about who you would place where in our comments section by clicking on the link below…
Confirmed 2012 MotoGP grid to date:
Monster Yamaha Tech 3: