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Top ten MotoGP stars: Nicky Hayden [5].

Crash.net recently asked for your MotoGP star of 2008, from a shortlist of ten riders provided, and - with voting having now closed - the time has come to reveal the results.

During the next ten weekdays, we will be revealing the voting results in reverse order, with the winner being revealed on Wednesday December 3.

More than 54,000 votes were cast for the MotoGP poll. The average score given for each rider was used to produce the final ranking.

MotoGP Star of the Year - fifth place:

Name: Nicky Hayden
Team: Repsol Honda
Bike: Honda RC212V
Wins: 0
Podiums: 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest laps: 1
Championship points: 155
Championship position: 6th

For the second season in succession, Nicky Hayden struggled to replicate his world championship winning 990cc form on the 800cc Honda RC212V - but his never-say-die attitude, sideways riding style and popularity with fans saw him placed fifth in your MotoGP star of the year vote, one place ahead of double 2008 race-winning team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Hayden's attempts to return to the front of the field saw him take on the task of race-developing the problematic pneumatic-valve engine from round eight at Donington Park - six rounds before Pedrosa used it.

The American came within one corner of a podium next time out at Assen before finally claiming the pneumatic's first ever rostrum at Indianapolis, round 14. Nicky took a further podium at Phillip Island and qualified on the front row five times during his final season for Honda, but it was his off track 'battles' that arguably won him the most respect.

Long running rumours that Hayden has received second-class treatment at Honda since the arrival of Pedrosa seemed to be reinforced when the Spaniard made his shock switch from Michelin to the more successful Bridgestone tyres for the final five rounds - an option never even discussed with Hayden.

The subsequent attack by Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig - in response to Hayden's claim that the former racer "runs HRC" - only seems to have increased Hayden's popularity, while the whole episode publically lifted the lid on the kind of political turmoil going on behind the scenes at Repsol Honda.

Despite such upheaval, the 2009 Ducati rider scored 28 points more than last year - even though he missed both Misano and Brno due to injury - and finished two places above his 2007 championship ranking.

5th - Nicky Hayden
6th - Dani Pedrosa
7th - James Toseland
8th - Colin Edwards
9th - Toni Elias
10th - Alex de Angelis

Tomorrow: We reach number four in the MotoGP Star of the Year poll.


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Jimmy Mansi

November 27, 2008 1:20 PM
Last Edited 356 days ago

Lorenzo must have won a lot of fans this season though, with his honesty in his own mistakes from the crashes... Also the china performance was just heroic, after that crash, to go out qualify on the 2nd row and come 4th and not forgetting 3 poles in his first 3 races and a win to boot.. Dovi as well though has rode some fantastic races and he also received a lot of praise for being the only honda rider to really take it to aprilia in 250's, he beat hayden at laguna first time there and only finished 2 places behind lorenzo in his first ever race.. Next season really could be something special with these two on factory bikes in the mix with rossi, stoner and pedro...

Moe Ron - Unregistered

November 27, 2008 9:33 PM

Poor Saran. You just go ahead and keep on thinking that wins mean more than Premier Class WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. Just in case you have forgotten, I will gladly remind you: Nicky Hayden - 2006 MotoGP World Champion. I sincerely hope this makes you loose sleep every night. :p



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