ANOTHER ABSOLUTE GOOSE …
In Lovell2576 we see yet another “reality denier”. This goose directly implies that it is all Casey Stoner’s fault that Rossi is struggling to get results on the Ducati. Hello – Earth to lovell – Rossi isn’t the first by a long shot to find himself lost in space on the Desmo. In 2007 when Stoner won the Title in his first go on the bike - it was Loris Capirossi, just a multiple World Champion and a 5 year long-term Ducati rider who had Won three 990cc GPs the year before. Loris finished 201 points behind Stoner. In 2008 it was Marco Melandri, just ANOTHER ex-World Champion. He finished 231 points behind Stoner who was 2nd that year. And then in 2009 we saw Nicky Hayden also paddling down Struggle Street with the Desmo. Stoner totally missed or DNS in 4 Rounds but still scored 116 points more than Hayden. And in 2010 where the GP10 dumped him on his ear 5 times for no points – Stoner STILL beat Hayden by 67 Points. In case you forgot, lovell – Hayden was the 2006 World Moto GP Champion. There is a clear, strong message there, don’t you think?
Don’t believe me, let’s just reiterate exactly what Rossi said above – just in case you missed it or didn’t understand: "This bike is very difficult to ride and Stoner rode this bike in a very good way, also because he was five years with the same bike. (He wasn't - it was 4 years) For all the riders that come from a more normal bike, it is quite difficult and I think mainly that bike has arrived at the end of its development.” The historical facts, confirmed in numerous stories and interviews is that Ducati refused Stoner’s constant requests for development, parts and updates. As he clearly states on another thread on another site today: (thanks to bikesportnews.com) "I said at the beginning of the season that if they took Valentino on, they would for sure put more money into the programme and show up with more developments. Obviously, they had the budget to bring something new and if you have this possibility, then you have to do it.
"They changed some things from last year. For me in 2007-09 we changed more or less nothing and in 2009-10 we changed the chassis and that's about it apart from the big bang engine, it was small steps every year and that's all they had the time for.” Shutting down their WSBK Team meant Ducati had even MORE resources to pour behind getting Rossi up the order. You, Sir are a fantasist and dreamer to claim Stoner hampered Ducati in any way. He was the ONLY positive in their entire firmament for 4 years!
HRC hired Casey Stoner to WIN them a World Championship. As a side-benefit this move has put a rocket up the flues of both Dovizioso and Pedrosa, who had started to really perform (for a welcome change) in 2010. Dovi only retained his ride on a “contract technicality” this season and Pedrosa, great rider that he can be when the bike is 100% and he is in the mood, has only retained his seat of 6 long years (to date) without a Title and only 12 Wins from 88 Races by virtue of Repsol and their enormous sponsorship input. For a full Factory HRC rider – that’s a piss-poor set of stats. As I have stated before, if Casey Stoner discovered a cure for cancer, people like lovell2576 would deny the success and benefit to mankind and claim that Stoner stole it from one of Rossi’s sock drawers. So many terminally confused wankers – so little time to correct them … Cheers