Casey Stoner's shock announcement that he will retire at the end of the 2012 MotoGP season is a massive blow to the Repsol Honda team, which must now find a new rider to take over the reigning double world champion's factory RC213V.
The 'no rookies in a factory team' rule means HRC's options are limited to choosing from the present full time MotoGP rider line-up, or hiring a former MotoGP rider from another series (such as WSBK).
We asked who you think should get one of the best rides in MotoGP, by choosing from a nine rider shortlist. It is assumed Dani Pedrosa
will remain on the second Repsol RCV.
Almost 4,000 votes were cast and the results are shown below...
1. Valentino Rossi
2. Stefan Bradl
3. Cal Crutchlow
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Another rider
6. Alvaro Bautista
7. Ben Spies
8. Nicky Hayden
9. Andrea Dovizioso
10. Marco Melandri