Oh dear Nostro. Honda have put three in the top five each race of the year. What does that tell you? That the bike needs lots of set up and input from the rider....nope. Hinda are back to what they did before Rossi on the Yamahaha that is all.
On how many occasions when Rossi and Stoner have locked heads has Stoner come out on top......0.
Is Stoner good, yes. Is he great no. Rossi has had an average season. However he was injured start of year, crew cheif was absent for 2 races, he inherits a bike "developed" by Stoner, gets taken out on 2 occasions, not DNF's on his own account.1
There are many good riders but do you really imagine that if Rossi was on the Honda would have won the championship this year?
Rossi is, in the full glare of the media is putting his career on the line for his home manufacturer. Could he have stayed at Yam...yes, could he have gone back to Honda...yes. Why would u as the best rider for decades not try and help your home manufacturer be the best?
The results speak for themselves unfortunately for everyone else:
Are we trying to say that some how he was gifted all these wins and titles? That there was no competition, that he was always on the best bike? Are we saying that he can't lap and F1 car well enough to get on the grid. Can he kart better than Rainey, Schwantz and co.
Know anyone else with this record....no
Is he 32 yes, is he human yes, is he as good as he was at 25, likely not.