No idea? Unquestionably.
"And if you don't think his reputation is in tatters then you don't follow the sport that closely."
I've only followed the sports for 35 years. But hey, what would I know? And yes, his reputation is so tattered that Yamaha have offered him a works ride for 2013. But hey, what would they know?
"Nowhere did I suggest I had a problem with Rossi making the move"
Mate, your whole reply was the problem you had with him making the move. In fact, your whole problem is Rossi; desperate. Tanty rant. Hubris. Rossi couldn't (ride the Dike hard). Bleating, etc.
Pol instead of Rossi? Well, yes, certainly a potential for the future, but you are correct; Yahama would have been brave indeed to ignore a nine times world champ who developed their machine into a title winner, won titles on for them, and whom Ducati did not want to lose, for a talanted moto2 rider. Brave indeed.
"It's a bike that simply requires more commitment than Rossi could provide."
Really? Okay can you inform the gathering crowd just who else has ridden the duke to victory, other than Stoner? And, you are suggesting Melandri and Hayden also lacked commitment?
Then again, Agostini has said it was more like Stoner being like Hailwood - he can ride anything, wheas Rossi is like Ago; one particular style. If I'm wrong, I humbly take Ago's opinion.
"As for Stoner's Ducati crashes well I think you'll find these were more tyre related than anything"
No, they were pretty much front-end failures. According to Stoner, anyway. And Melandi. And Hayden. And Rossi. But hey, what would they know?
"Rossi is Yamaha's past, not its future."
Yamaha have signed him to ride the works bike in 2013. According to my understanding of time, that's in the future. But, hey, what would they know?
If you are suggesting that Rossi is not Yamaha's future for the next decade, well, that's a given. No-one is suggesting anyting else. But gee, comments like that do make you sound so knowledgeable, eh?
Also, still waiting for a reply to: "...of course Rossi wants a positive finish to a (very) illustrious career. Who would not? Your problem with that is what, exactly?"