MotoGP Man of the year
Firstly the disappointments.
The Zimmer frame award for the pensioners race to boost their retirement income. A clear win for Capirossi over Edwards
Never rose above their station. In their own ways Hayden and Dovizioso.
Rookies that crashed their brains out whilst showing genuine MotoGP speed. Both of them. Although the winner here for me was Abrahams with the more difficult steed to master.
Infuriating Frenchmen that are on occasion blisteringly fast but just as prone to farce. As always RdeP.
Cumulus Nimbus award for Spainish 250 graduates trying to shine from the shadows of their more illustrious compatriots. Bautista over Babera if only because he showed real turns of speed - usually just before chucking the sky blue Rizla package at the scenery. Dishonourable mention to Toni Elias for not adapting his riding style better. Honourable mention to Toni Elias for embarrassing Ezpeleta with his re-graduation to MotoGP.
Dani Pedrosa award for displays of dazzling speed combined with crippling injury...goes to Dani Pedrosa. Having won the award three years on the trot Dani gets to keep the trophy.
The 'give me a wide berth award'. Posthumously to Simoncelli. Say what you like. I respect (or otherwise) deeds done in the land of the living. Simoncelli was a liability. When he finally reined himself in he was slow, yet still dangerous.
I'm only here because I'm Japanese. Hiro Aoyama. A real let down.
I want to be an Alien. Ben Spies. Still progressing, although finding that last percent every bit as difficult to find as thought.
Heroic displays of maturity. The contenders both being young men growing up in the full glare of the MotoGP spotlight. Stoner for rising above Rossi's cattiness. Winner - Lorenzo for actually really maturing and showing there's a nice guy within the artifice. A dignified hard nosed never say die world champ.
Ultimate man of the year? Well that's a no brainer isn't it. We can confidently dismiss Casey Stoner for being nothing more than Johnny on the spot and doing Honda's bidding. Ultimately, as with the nags, the RCV won the title and Stoner was the mere jockey. Which really leaves but one stand out candidate.
So the winner of the Carl Fogarty award for the 'Greatest There Ever Was' as voted for by all MCN's oompa loompa's - Valentino Rossi! For enduring the most challenging year of his GP career. Despite worrying moments of weakness with statements like " I can't ride it like Stoner" "where is the 5th row" and "I don't know I'm not an engineer"
Was the result ever in doubt?
P.S. the "Who's the Daddy" award due February 2012. One nominee - C Stoner.