bikes v riders
We can argue and bitch at each other til the cows come home but it will change nothing.
In the past decade the bikes have change out of all recognition, with the changes to four strokes, slipper clutches, electronic aids etc. All this has eroded the difference the rider skills can make.
The top riders will always rise to the top and get the top rides, i dont dispute that. But its getting like F1 in the sense that a technalogical breakthrough is making the difference between who wins and who loses.
Back in the days of the two strokes, ( and early fours) the advantage the top factory riders have was the better rubber flown in. But a good engine tuner or well run private teams could produce engines that could compete for podiums and run at the front and be competitive AND we could truly see the ability of individual riders
Now its more about the bikes IMO. look at the last two years "010 Lorenzo dominates , 011 stoner dominates, the diffference advantage the bikes had each year.
The one tyre rule is a good them in terms of racing and keeping things even. Cutting back on electronics or making everyone run the same systems would even the field out too.
Only then could we truly see the difference between the riders again, Rossi hasnt lost his ability, more likely his motivation.
its a sad and desperate state the sport we all love has got into when theres only four bikes out there that are capable of winning in races now. Yet all we can do is bitch about a 9 times champion whos trying everything he knows to turn a failing project around and be competitive.