2. Nicky Sets Pole at Laguna

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While everybody’s happy to see Nicky Hayden in the World Supebike paddock, nobody is expecting much out of him on the old and tired Honda CBR1000RR (a.k.a. Fireblade for our international readers). This is a good situation to be in if you ask me. Nicky’s talent isn’t in doubt, so poor results will be blamed primarily on the bike (assuming of course Nicky’s teammate, Michael van der Mark, also has poor finishes), and good results will be down to Hayden’s determination.

Continuing that theme, I’ll go ahead and put this out there: Nicky Hayden is going to set pole position at his home round: Laguna Seca – the only U.S. stop on the calendar. We saw what he did there during the early years of his MotoGP career, so why not expand that to his WSBK career, too. Winning the race is out of the question (I’m not completely delusional), but I think he’ll be able to muster one banzai lap to please the home crowd.