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Poll Results: Who will Honda sign in Stoner's place?

Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl top your list to replace retiring MotoGP champion Casey Stoner.
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 33.52%
2. Stefan Bradl 13.93%
3. Cal Crutchlow 13.7%
4. Jorge Lorenzo 11.01%
5. Another rider 8.35%
6. Alvaro Bautista 8.01%
7. Ben Spies 3.39%
8. Nicky Hayden 3.21%
9. Andrea Dovizioso 3.10%
10. Marco Melandri 1.80%

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May 25, 2012 2:02 PM

Rossi would be best served staying with Ducati and making it work if possible. If Ducati start showing very positive signs, he might be tempted to stay where he is. That might just be wishful thinking though. Honda will talk to him though, even though they probably hate him. Business is business.

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