"......Well, i don't know One Ex rider that has such a lack of superlatives to say about Rossi..!!...Cause only an ex Racer would.....Could apreciate his achievements....Like him or not...if your an Ex racer with some success...you would be on here saying hang on...been there bought the T-shirt....VR 's Record is impecable...."
Unless, of course, you're like Agostini & have an objective point of view... in which case you view the world slightly more realistically. Most successful racers are actually pretty self-absorbed like Rossi & Stoner with little consideration for the efforts of others. Look no further than Rossi's foolish jibes at Stoner's performance on the Ducati & how stupid they're making him look now for proof.
"Casey Stoner has surprised everyone because he is so precise. I remember when he crashed many times but now he is so determined and he is incredible. Casey is a fantastic rider."
"We can’t forget Valentino Rossi. He is a multi world champion and we must remember that. When Valentino Rossi has the package he can still win no problem."
"But Vale is struggling on a bike that has won in the past. Maybe things will be
better with the 1000. He is a sensitive rider, and he needs to have the optimal
feeling with the bike to win. Stoner, however, is a more aggressive and raw
rider, without any half-measures. At Ducati, he was either fast or he crashed."
Sorry... I'm missing the superlatives in Rossi's favour... at least he thinks Rossi can still win.
Shall we move on to Doohan?... he's not so sure...
Does Doohan believe we will see Rossi back to his best, fighting at the front of the field? “It’s hard to say,” he acknowledges, “He’s been around for a long while and I think that’s the key with any sportsman or sportswoman – how long can you remain completely immersed in the sport and forget about any outside influences? Rossi’s been around with the 125’s, 250’s, MotoGP; he’s got a lot of titles and a lot of seasons under his belt.”
“Casey seemed to be, over the last few years, the only guy who could consistently pull results on that Ducati; it was night and day between him and his team mate and I think that confirms his dominance,” said Doohan. “Even though he hasn’t won the Championship in the last few years, it’s been obvious just how strong a rider, he is.”
I don't read much into what they say but you evidently do... erm... did.