Remembering - what does it matter
When facts are facts and Stoner won the head to head whilst they were racing together. History books will show it and that means, quite simply, it won't be forgotten. Whether he is remembered like Rossi is of no consequnce to anyone it seems apart from a little pool of contributors on here - a pool into which you seem to belong in following your last few comments - purely because you keep labouring the point
I have respect for Stoner retiring and the fact he beat Rossi although things may have been different if Rossi has been riding something other than the Ducati
Try and have a sense of perspective. In the 5 years Rossi was on a factory Yamaha, Stoner spent 1 year on a low spec LCR Honda with inferior tyres and 4 years on the Ducati. Why didn't you say things could have been different if Stoner had also been on a Honda or Yamaha for those 5 years - instead of Rossi spending just 1 year on a bike he didn't like. Doesn't suit the argument I guess.
Sure he is an awesome rider and he will be remembered by some as one of the greatest but by most as winning 2 titles on bikes that were ruled by electronics and probably the worst ever bikes to enter into Moto GP.
This would be the same era that the Yamaha that Rossi rode was acknowledged to have the best electronics package of all. Notice also, which rider is constantly asking for new electronics and less power to control his Ducati because he can't. The one that called the other riders pussies and playstation pilots.
I just agree with the majority of people that he will be easily forgotten
By majority, do you mean you and a few more on here and one MCN journalist?
It's Rossi fans who keep bringing up whether he will be remembered or not. The only thing they have to cling to at the moment is the fact that he has more records and wins to his name than Stoner. Hardly surprising given their respective times in Motogp and hardly relevant to anyone else. The way history is being written at the moment, people will be remembering Rossi well enough, but not for the reasons you seem to imagine.
Last prototype again in practise today.