Yes..it was a race winning bike when he left but it wasn't a competitive title contender. It went well at some tracks and bummed out at others.
We all know what was at stake 2011 and how much Honda threw at their bike to win a previously missing 800 title..a class that was their idea. They saved face at the last bell and their bike was head and shoulders..illustrated by Lorenzo's results, which he's turned back around this year.
Against 4 works Honda's and 2 works Yamaha's, Stoner would probably have struggled to mount a more effective title challenge than in 2009 and 2010. He may have won races at certain tracks, but a championship? Casey crashed his brains out at the end of 2010..what makes you think that the over riding would not have been neccesseary for him to achieve more wins in a far stronger field, hypothetically speaking of course. It doesn't make sense all partisan opinion aside?
As for a 1000cc CF Ducati being competitive this year, against opposition that has moved on yet again..I think you're dreaming.
Rossi has sacrificed 2 years towards the end of his career in an effort to get that bike turned around. Ducati have not been as open to change as they suggested they would be and have been slow in kicking on with the project this year, after 2011 proved they needed to make change.
IF the results improve from here on in..with the only upgrades that the riders have had available all year, who will look the mug?
In the old days before Audi it wouldn't have surprised me if Preziosi, knowing the situation and how it would look, kept the upgrades back to make himself look better. But after his cap in hand pleadings to Furusawa were made public and with new German ownership..he's under pressure to get his finger out.