The 2007 MotoGP season has been a long time coming. It has been on the minds of fans and followers since before the 2006 season, for a lot of very good reasons. As an appetizer, there was the knowledge that the cream of the 2005 250 class would be up to speed, in every sense, after a full year of learning the four-stroke ropes. Then there was the meaty issue of the new 800s: what would they be like, and how would riding styles have to change to make them really fast? And finally, to top it all off, the tantalizing question of whether Valentino Rossi, the man who had ruled MotoGP for so long, would still be in the series for 2007.
Now the wait is over, the season is upon us, and we have answers to many of those questions. And those answers have only served to make the anticipation greater. The 800s are already smashing lap records, and want to be ridden like 250s, favoring riders like Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, and Randy de Puniet, last year's rookies. Valentino Rossi is staying in MotoGP, not just for 2007, but through 2008 as well. And spicing it up even further, we have a surprise MotoGP world champion in Nicky Hayden, a man who through consistency, a little luck and sheer hard work won the title back for Honda for the first time since The Doctor deserted them. So, with so much to look forward to, what does the 2007 MotoGP world championship have in store?