Zog - You're trying to read too much into stats.
Starting from pitlane was hardly any worse than starting from the back of the grid. He was only a couple of seconds behind the last man when he came onto the track. On the first lap the riders don't get spread out much so last man was only 7 - 8 seconds behind the lead rider. (Not counting RdP who got pushed off track so was behind the safety car when he rejoined)
If Rossi had started from his grid spot he may have made a good start or a bad start which could have put him up with Hayden and Co or left him where he was. All ifs and buts so you can conjure up any scenario you like really.
His lap times were about the same as Hayden, Bautista etc for the whole race, so realistically, best finish, on pace, would have been somewhere around Hayden, who would have been one place further back if Dovi hadn't gone out. Probably 2 places back, as RdP was flying and at the end of the race was lapping much quiicker than the midfield runners and catching them at a second a lap, but the muppet commentators never picked up on it once. At one point he was only a second or so behind the Rossi group but then disappeared so must have had a moment somewhere as he was way back at the end. If he had not been pushed off he may well have had 6th place. Shame.
Pretty good race on the whole, no battles at the front obviously but plenty in the midfield with Hayden/Bautista/Barbera, Crutchlow/Rossi/Aoyama and Simo/Spies again. A race, from a spectators point of view, isn't just about 1st place.