your name suggest a lot already without you uttering a word.
the best bike ?
please be kind enough to tell us that who in the past 6 years has won a title on the 2nd or 3rd best bike.
not even you Wosi !!
the only time he's not been on the best/very good machinery (Ducati), he's been exposed badly.
And as for Honda being the best bike for 2011, it actually was poorer than the Yamaha in the corner entry/exit but more than compensated for that with the bloody good engine. This season Yamaha have bridged that gap to a large extent and with Dorna trying their best to sabotage Honda with the mid-season tyre change which ironically suits the Yamaha best.
But the most notable fact is that Mr. Greatest Bike Developer has actually gone backwards on the Ducati even though he's had the Great Jerry "80 seconds" Burgess and unlimited factory resources at his disposal. He was more competetive on the bike that Stoner handed him than the one he's developed for himself.
And as for "legend" , for all of Rossi's glorious achievements in his illustrious career, there will always be one gaping void in his resume under the name DUCATI and that's where Stoner's achievements will really be put into perspective, be it winning on the Rocket ship( as some of the Rossi herd call it even though his teammate was nowhere near him that season) in 2007 or the crappy CF bike in 2010.
Rossi - LEGEND by STATISTICS
Stoner - LEGEND by ABILITY