Lovell2576 - I know you didn't
All I was doing was trying to put some focus on other views that can be labelled as pathetic and that is one that is repeatedly trotted out.
There is nothing wrong with Ducati changing and developing the bike to suit Rossi. Stoner was able to get results on it so maybe they weren't willing to invest in a major redesign and thought that the problems could be solved through minor changes and set up work. Maybe - I don't know. Maybe they could to a certain extent, results still came but Stoner was still riding very close to the edge and over it.
Set up changes alone have been no good for Rossi, so they have to change the bike. As I said, nothing wrong with that.
Ducati know how to build good handling bikes, we've seen it for many years in WSB and previous years in MotoGP. They took a radical new step with the carbon frame, it doesn't work as they'd hoped so finally they have to change it. Sometimes it takes a lot for a designer/engineer to admit that their design has faults. Maybe they have at last resigned themselves to that and that a change is needed.
Why though, this should be a reflection of Stoner's 'development skills' is beyond me. Also, for those that say Stoner hasn't a clue about set up, see my earlier comment about Preziosi stating that Stoner's changes benefitted other riders as well.
I still don't buy into this Rossi will develop a bike for everyone. If you took Rossi out of the championship when Edwards was his team-mate at Yamaha, would you consider the Yam as a bike anyone could ride and win on based on Edwards' results.
Never won a race and about 4th as a best championship result. Doesn't make the bike look good does it.