THE 2010 road racing season is reaching an exciting climax and those last-minute decisions could be the difference between elation and ecstasy or disaster and despair.
The final transfer window is open until Friday, September 24, so study carefully who to axe and who to draft in as with every point precious at this stage of the season.
Valentino Rossi might have seemed like a snip at £3m back in April when he won the first MotoGP race at Qatar. There are now serious doubts that the Italian legend will finish the season because of an on-going shoulder injury. A decision to offload Rossi that seemed absurd just five months might now be sound business. A worthy replacement might be Dani Pedrosa at £2.7m following the Spaniard’s impressive resurgence that has seen him finish in the top two for the last five races.
A potential late revival by Casey Stoner on the factory Ducati makes him a tempting propositon at £2.9m but Ben Spies is cracking value at just £2.3m.
Spies has looked an absolute steal for most of 2010 and a run of six consecutive top six finishes has made him outstanding value for money.
And at £2.2m, Nicky Hayden might just be worth a look after he scored his first podium of the season at the new Motorland Aragon track last weekend.
Noriyuka Haga might have won the last race at Nurburgring, but generally neither him nor his Xerox Ducati team-mate Michael Fabrizio have lived up to their respective £2m and £1.8m price tags.
Much better value for money has been Carlos Checa on the Althea Ducati who sits fourth in the championship, bearing a £1.5m price tag.
With two wins and four second places on the past six races Jonathan Rea’s £1.8m tag would be a very astute investment.
Title contenders Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam continue to live up to their £1.8m valuation and Cal Crutchlow – at £1.6m is having a great second half of the year - but Sylvain Guintoli is blooming late in the season and could be worth a look at £1.4m.
The smart money has to be on Michael Laverty after his emergence as a title contender in the first round of the Showdown at Croft. The Relentless Suzuki rider’s £1.4m price tag could be well worthwhile on his current form.
Likewise Tommy Hill is good value at £1.4m and, having tested at Silverstone only last week, should be the man setting the pace this weekend.
The final two rounds at Silverstone and Oulton should favour Michael Rutter’s Ducati and at £1.0m he is good value in the final five races.
Don’t be too quick to write off Josh Brookes (at £1.6m) or Ryuichi Kiyonari (£1.5) after a disappointing Croft. They had a bad weekend at Silverstone in WSB but Brookes’ lap times were ever-improving that weekend and Kiyo is way out of his post-Suzuka Eight Hour slump.
The winner of Fantasy Road Race round six was Kim Murray, who wins a set of Bridgestone tyres worth £230.
Go to: http://mcn.fantasyleague.com to make your changes.