We will never know now.
Anyway, Rossi thought very highly of him, and so did Carl Fogarty, and many other world champions. This was his second season in MotoGP, and in his Rookie year he was 8th, half way through the field. He had a podium, and he could of had more for certain.
You can teach a fast person who crashes to stop crashing, but you can't teach a slow person to be fast.
Simo was fast, he needed to stop crashing, which was what he was doing . He was finishing more races, getting a better understanding of where to press on, and where not to.
The bike is responsible for 90% of the performance. The difference is in the rider or driver, to take it over the edge. Simo would have been champion, now we will never know.
Do you really think a MotoGP rider gives a toss about what somebody writes on the internet? I doubt it.
For all I know, you could be Rossi. Or you could be somebody with no ability whatsoever. Or, you both could be the same person, or even more weird, we all could be the same person, but that would make little sense as I only have one account on here.
Besides no one knows what could of happened. How do you know if he wasn't going to win every race next year?