has taken the Duke for the cash, he's not done as well as expected on a good package, in the long term Spies would have been better taking the WSB deal, unless the German/Italian effort comes up with a miracle, none of them are going to better Hayden. They've all got different riding styles, and no doubt different ideas on direction, but the bench mark is going to be Hayden.
Also ideas please on, what you all think regarding Smith on this M1 next year. You all know my views on Smith and the waste of a ride, but a lot of these so called 'not made it riders' come to MotoGP and give it a go, they come from backgrounds of WSB, multichampions, and various other not easily obtained titles like BSB, WSS etc., but Smith comes into MotoGP as an under achiever, the stepping stone from Moto2, unwilling to push that bike for a podium, so he's going to arrive on the grid in MotoGP on an M1, having never certainly won a Moto2 race and a 99% chance not got on the podium this year, so he's going backwards. Now if that performance transfers to MotoGP, which I believe it undoubtedly will, because the stick that Cal gets, for what can be considered a good effort, and doing pretty well for a Brit, then what kind of review is Smith going to get, remembering that, if he doesn't shine in MotoGP, he's on a high speed greasy slope to nowhere. He can't drop back into Moto2, he isn't a superbike rider, and they are going to carry him for 2 years in MotoGP!!!