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So today's Valencia GP marks the end of the MotoGP season and with it comes the culmination of this year's primary racing series.

MotoGP

As I've mentioned many times this season, the 2007 GP series for me was quite a let down. The decision to dramatically change the rules for both the motorcycles and the tires that get them around left far too much ground to make up for those that got it wrong out of the box. For the first time, the emphasis for most of the season was placed on the ongoing tire war and the difficulty with the machinery instead of the on track battles (for which there were very few). That being said, Casey Stoner rode flawlessly for most of the season and made short work of the field. I fear, however, that it will be a short reign...HRC does not take kindly to being smacked around and I think next season will be quite a statement from Honda.

Ups

Casey Stoner and Ducati

They simply got it right this year. Ducati and Bridgestone took what turned out to be the right approach and Stoner dramatically modified his riding style to suit the machine that in turn suited him very well. He crushed the competition.

Mattia Pasini

The 125 racer had as bad a first half as you could imagine...a combination of freak accidents, problematic machinery and odd on track incidents combined to leave him with many DNF's despite consistent pole positions and top 5 running orders. He rebounded to dominate the second half of the season in that class...sadly, a past injury leaves him with a very weak arm that could keep him in the 125 class indefinitely. Here's hoping he can overcome that problem.

Downs

Nicky Hayden

It wasn't entirely his fault, but Hayden's title defense fell drastically short of expectations. Despite all of the tire, bike and crash issues Nicky never made excuses and moved forward with quiet dignity that has typified his career. If the end of the season was any indicator, we'll see Nick back up front consistently next season.

Team KR

The rule changes smashed what was a very competitive program last year which ultimately resulted in the retirement of KRJR. The Roberts team was a real competitor a year ago with multiple podiums and a top tier team. This year's machine was just hopeless. With an engine supplied from Honda early on, they were left with an impossible task...hopefully we'll see Kenny back in the paddock next year.


World Superbike

For a second straight season WSB provided, for me, the most exciting racing on two wheels. The addition of Max Biaggi to the grid added a fifth barnburner to dice with Toseland, Bayless, Corser and Haga...those five battling together was just fantastic. Only Toseland leaves next season so a repeat of this year's action is more than likely:D

Ups

Ten Kate Honda

Kenan Sufuoglo destroyed the rest of the 600 class on the Ten Kate bike and next season steps up to take Toseland's seat. King James took a former stock motorcycle to the top step of the podium at year's end for his second WSB Championship. Ten Kate will field three bikes next season with the addition of Carlos Checa. Robbie Rolfo too benefited from the platform with a solid season.

Max Biaggi

Despite a season off and a popped cherry racing production machines...Biaggi was a consistent front runner and proved to be a very versatile rider by acclimating quickly to a new bike, new competition and many new circuits.


Downs

Troy Corser

Troy just never seemed to get in a rhythm this season. Far too many crashes and occasional tire and engine issues left him out of the running early on.

Karl Muggeridge

Muggas continued his less than stellar performance after stepping up from the 600cc class. The Alto Evolution squad had a particularly difficult season losing one of the riders to the 600's after a kidnapping plot added what was already a dreadful season.


AMA Superbike

Ben Spies solidified his position as America's top rider after fending off a ferocious attack by Mat Mladin. It seems that the return of the 66 number plate brought with it the determination that won him 6 titles previously. Those two just checked out each and every race leaving third place a sort of secondary victory for the rest of the field. The support classes saw the return of competitive privateer efforts with the Jordan Suzuki squad and a strong finish from Larry Pegram on the 749. With a number of off-season tests scheduled for Spies on the GSV-R and an aging Mat Mladin, we could quickly see a drastic change in the face of AMA road racing.

Ups

Ben Spies, of course

Need I say more.:D

Josh Herrin

In his first full season, the 16 year old demonstrated a strong determination and the ability to run up front and win. Expect big things out of our Valentino wannabe in the coming years.

Kawasaki

Kawi had a strong season in multiple classes and appeared to take some pretty big strides in the development of the ZX-10R.


Downs

NFS Race Team

What a tease that was:(

Miguel Duhammel and Morgan Broadhead injuries:(

A practice crash at Road Atlanta's final corner resulted in some bad internal injuries and precluded Duhammel from any further racing subsequently for the season. AMA road race director Morgan Broadhead also suffered severe injuries while in competition in September. Here's to full recoveries for both very important members of the AMA paddock.


AMA Motocross

Wow, quite a storyline the '07 MX series gave us. With the retirement of Ricky Carmichael mid-season, the season ending injury to Bubba Stewart and the subsequent surprise championship by Yamaha and Grant Langston there were more than enough surprises to keep it interesting. Ryan Villapoto again demonstrated that he is likely the next in line for the 450 crown when he finally does step up to the big class (one more season).

Ups

Ricky Carmichael

He is undoubtedly the most dominant MX racer in history, and possibly the most dominant racer period, in any class of competition. He's just on another level.

Ryan Villapoto

The SOB was running lap times right with the leaders of the 450's...on a Lites bike!!

Grant Langston and Yamaha

Late in the season Yamaha replaced the rather uncompetitive YZF450 with the '08 model and made instant strides towards the front. Langston took it from there with a number of moto wins and a great stretch of racing that won him the Championship.

The Young Guns

Nico Izzy, Ryan Dungey, et al were immediately running in the top 5 and could contest the title...when Villapoto moves up:laughing


Downs

James Stewart

After winning the Supercross title for the first time in head to head competition with Carmichael, this was supposed to be his moment, his time to step up as the top MX rider in the world...but it was not to be. After winning the first moto of the season, he was simply broken by Carmichael. After Ricky left the full time series, the title was his to take but a freak knee injury ended his season early and the title went to Grant Langston.

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Kind of thrown together...so let's discuss:)
 

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