Tuesday, October 31, 2006

MotoGP Silly Season Nearly Over

With several teams announcing their 2007 lineups after Valencia, Silly Season is nearly finished.
Colin Edwards is confirmed at Yamaha, which is no surprise to anybody.
Kawasaki have signed Olivier Jacque to ride alongside Randy de Puniet. Kwaka wanted an experienced rider to help with development of the new 800, and since OJ has already ridden well for the Green team, he is a good choice. It is interesting that there will be a team with 2 French riders.
Ex-Kawasaki star Shinya Nakano has signed for JiR Honda, as everybody knew he would. He should be extremely impressive on a Honda with Bridgestone tyres.
The Ilmor team haven't had a bad word to say for Garry McCoy, so he will probably stay there in 2007. Jeremy McWilliams has hinted that he might ride the second Ilmor next year, after being offered a test in the next few weeks. The little Northern Irishman might be over 40 years old but he is still very fast, and as hard as nails, and would be a good choice as a development rider.
The only seats left unconfirmed are the 2nd Tech 3 ride, and the Ilmors. Neither will be at the front end of the grid unless something amazing happens. It looks like it might all be over for Sete Gibernau, there isn't a top ride left for him, and it's questionable whether he would sign for a lower team. He has struggled horribly with injuries this year, and is said to demand a Hollywood pay packet to go with his Hollywood personality. If the Catalan retires, I will be sad to see him go. He would be a champion if it wasn't for that pesky greatest-of-all-time Valentino Rossi, and some of their battles will pass into legend. Although some people laugh at Sete for his melodramatics, he is a great rider and an honourable character.

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