Stats are just that stats, they can do used to support, or argue against another point of view.
I'l break it down what STATS i view as relevent
Number of championships attained, these show true success and the use of skill and a brain.
Consistently high placed finishing ratio, to build the points required for the above.
STATs that count for jack shit.
Pole positions. Does being on pole win races and championships? no
Fastest laps, see above
high podium finishes ( if combined with sticking it in the gravel the next race) see Stoner end of 2010 for details.
getting a good race set up is more important than poles, somewhere near the front will do.
fastest laps dont mean shit if you burn your tyre out, or youve left it too late to challenge for the win.
being very consistent and settling for the best you can do on a poor weekend wins titles , not throwing it away because your STATS need another win in that column, See Stoner for details
The STAT that will really count in 30 years time. the number of titles a rider achieves in career.
Best rider in the 800 era? joint with Rossi , get over it