In for a penny and all that as it's gone off topic
I don't think I am always right and will readily accept someone proving me wrong. If I know something for a fact I'll argue it, if it's my opinion I say as much. My opinion can be wrong as can anyone's.
I see enough of Rossi's personailty and behaviour at races, there's no need to meet him personally. Are you telling me there is no ego at play when someone craves the attention he does with those ludicrous post race celebrations. How about a lack of respect when he held up the entire podium ceremony when mimicking his resigning with Yamaha at the desk on the side of the track. It was painful and went on and on and on. The gloating and 'rubbing in' of wins over Stoner and Lorenzo by interrupting their live TV interviews to 'congratulate them on a great race' (ie: ha ha I won) Funny he's never done that when he lost (he just sat on his bike in the winner's enclosure and refused to interview instead) He publicly derided the efforts of Stoner and his crew at Ducati. He refused to mention Biaggi's name on his website, before he'd ever raced against him or met him. He fell out with Gibernau and Melandri because they upset him (by doing nothing wrong) Attempted to block Lorenzo's signing with Yamaha because he doesn't want an equal team mate (the mark of a true sportsman who wants it written into a contract that he gets superior equipment) Refusal to datashare (which contradicts his fans' opinion that he will develop a bike for everyone to ride... I could go on. I don't dispute his riding ability.
Burgess - I will never dispute that he is a talented mechanic and good with bike preparation and set up. I merely said he was not a trained designer or engineer and he isn't. He has no qualifications or schooling in that respect. I'm prepared to be proved wrong but I suspect if you stuck a set of equations in front of him that explained how to formulate the grade of aluminium required for a frame construction he'd have as much success decyphering them as I would a sentence in Japanese.
If Rossi and Burgess have such an impact on bike development (would you say that is the same as or different from design?) what on earth has happened at Ducati this year. Given previous claims that they took only a few weeks to 'turn a Yamaha into a winner'.
You seem to think it matters to me whether Rossi is successful or not. It doesn't, I don't care if he wins again or not, races or championship.
As I've said before, most of the comments on this forum are squabbling between fans - my rider's better than yours etc. Most of the comments are aimed at each other, not the riders. There is a need to differentiate. My comments above are about Rossi in response to yours. Nothing I have said is untrue. If it is I am willing to be proved wrong.