"Yes Rossi has been battling it out with Bradl, Bautista etc, but he has been coming off second best every time"
... in the 11 races they've finished together he's beaten each of them 4 times this year... this win over them takes Rossi from just under to just over his 1/3rd split between the 3 of them... sounds pretty even to me... this is not Bautista's home track & he didn't have a test here to set-up 2 weeks ago yet he managed to come from 7th at the end of lap 1 to Rossi's 2nd & got to just about 1 sec back on lap 18... in traffic... the bets were on Rossi beating him... which he unsurprisingly did.
JL had 3 vital things holding him back... no competition, no set-up & the championship. He was taking it that easy his fastest lap was almost half a second down on last year's where they're almost always faster on the 1000's (both Rossi & Bautista were faster than their 2011 times).
The surprise of the day was that both Rossi & Bautista beat Dovi... implying that Dovi was having a particularly bad day rather than the other way around.
I can't believe you're actually trying to make Rossi sound worse than he is... he beat a rookie & the guy accused of making Suzuki look bad on satellite bikes at his home track as the only one with set-up time... he beat them... again... cool!... there'd have been some serious questions if he hadn't.
Even Rossi mad MCN have said it... "The Italian set a best time of 1.34.619 to finish 0.762s off Pedrosa but it is worth remembering he did complete a two-day test at Misano recently and had an advantage with his rivals missing vital set-up time this weekend because of the weather."
Other than losing 2 places on the 1st lap Bautista did a great job & was a credit to his predecessor & his team, but had shot his tyres by the time he got up to 3rd battling through the field. Rossi's good work came on lap 1 & he did his old friend proud. RIP Simo!