I don't blame Stoner anymore...
I mean he's just a victim of his abilities, the Dukes abilities and the engineers abilities right? Ducati have no strengths apart from this one man and no hint of any of the other riders doing any better. Ducati can't win any other way than to go all out from the beginning. I'm afraid the 800cc era is what it is because of Ducati's race strategy. They know their rider (Stoner) can't do anything to put on a show like hold back then go for it because he has no confidence to do so with Rossi's superior skills when in a pack. If he has to battle for positions he usually comes off second best or loses his rag saying the racing was dangerous.
Stoner will continue this way all his career, certainly this season and the only time we will see any competitive racing is if the first few laps the Duke/Stoner combo isn't at the front. It will take rule changes to sort this mess out and Ducati will kick up a stink saying its all unfair.
Is it impressive and does it demand respect? Not really, he's fast and will probably win the Championship back but will we see any drama from him or passion? NOPE. Its just a year long test to prove the Duke can hammer the lap times in and win from the front. I'm glad Rossi won last year because he must feel his beloved sport has died. Who would have predicted this scalextric type bike racing a few years ago?
The best technique Rossi could use now is to stay ahead of the nearest man behind him and ensure Stoner wins by the biggest margin possible. I would give Stoner his dream and let him win the lot. See what the public opinion of the sport and the quality of racing is then.
I'm just glad the control tyres have proved nothing for closer racing. Lets face it the tyres are better in the way we won't see inconsistent track performance and everyone has the same brand BUT the Duke is the major winner from the deal surely? Can anyone see the others catching up to Stoner? Seriously? I can't.
Makes me laugh how Stoner says "it was a hard race"!!!! Fu*king what?? Yeah Casey, must be so difficult staying ahead by 3-4 seconds a lap and never having to overtake or get challenged in any way whatsoever. Its like being the only man in the ring in a boxing match!!!
I bet Hoppers glad he's in WSB because THATS the ultimate bike racing series now 110%
Sorry for long post - I feel strongly about how naff the 800cc era is compared to the 990's.