Yeah I agree that Rossi got the shock of his life when he got to ride the ducati.
Rossi has previously played this same game with manufacturers. If the bike is no good and cant win he will not try compensate and get mediocre results. He rides the bike and gets ordinary results to spur the manufacturer to get develop and fix the bike. He wrote this in his book.
Rossi will not risk his neck like stoner did, win or bin. Points wise it works our same or worse using the win/bin method. Though I honestly don't think the bikes ducati have given rossi are capable of winning.
It doesn't matter how many hybrids ducati made none of them were any good. When Honda made a heap of new frames for the riders to try all the frames worked. Each Honda rider chose a different frame. The honda frames were all good and that worked just slighly different suiting different riders. Ducati can't even produce one good frame in years.
Why does Rossi say sometimes it is good and other times no its crap. I think he has to say some positive things when they bring out something new. Either that or its a matter of there are so many changes that they keep messing themselves up.
At the end of the day Rossi and Stoner asked for the same things to be fixed and ducati today still have not fixed those same problems. Craze.
Why is Rossi not faster than the other guys. There are so many reasons. The factory bike is bad. Last year one of the other riders was using an old alu frame which was superior to the shit factory CF/hybrid frames. Mainly I think its down to rossi saying to ducati he is not going to bust his gut, risk binning it for fifth or sixth place. I think he is sending ducati a strong message that half messures/fixes and half sticking to ducati mythology CF, 90 degree L engines/hybrids are not going to be enough. Rossi is saying to ducati no half measures/hybrids, a complete new bike with contemporary known winning elements twin spa alu, i4 v4 etc etc.
re short changing.
Rossi is good but I dont think he or any other rider can make up the seconds that are needed to reach Yamaha and Honda. I don't think any rider can. I think Stoner would be getting his usuual fifth or worse in the championship standings on the current ducati.