The truth is you can’t conclude much from this data
Exactly, so what are you trying to prove ?
Catalunya, Misano, and Brno. These were the only times(in the whole season) near being comparable that Rossi went faster than Stoner. Go ahead, count Mugello as a 4th if your desperate but like i said, Barbera, Edwards and Aoyama went faster than last year's race winning time(after the track was repaved) so it hardly counts. Also, saying Rossi was faster because Stoner crashed is not even close to being a 'win' over Stoner. Does anyone really think he would have gone quicker at Qatar etc .. ?
I guess it's the same as saying Casey was quicker in these 4 round where Rossi didn't complete the race. Philip Island, Motegi, Sepang, Valencia.
I know it's winter, and we're all itching for April to come around, but really there is no point in bringing up little things like the odd track where Rossi had a faster time than Stoner. Some muppet(Ratchet) even said yesterday 'well at least Rossi has boosted Ducati sales and Honda's are down'. First, im yet to see proof of that but second, who gives a shit ? whether it's Stoner 'needs to win back to back titles' to prove his talent, or him developing a shit bike for Rossi, there's always something eh ..
Also Wosi, Denial of what ?
Stoner came 1st this year, never finished outside 4th on the Ducati and with a minimum of 225points in a season with 3 race wins and 9 podiums.
Rossi came 7th, finished with a dull 139 points, 0 race wins and 1 gifted podium.
If denial comes from any side of the camp, it's going to be the one with a '46' flag.