Ah - the child speaks
So Mario, were you sticking your tongue out at the PC and singing na-na-na-na-na when you wrote this?
Er, yes actually bluto. You see, it dosen't matter what's happened part way through the season. You can't draw conclusions based on a fraction of the season, and to do so would be silly, child-like and naive. Pedrosa beat stoner by enough points for his self inflicted crash to not matter. So yes bluto, I am deliberately overlooking that as its of no consequence.
Drawing conclusions on a fraction of the season is exactly what you are doing. First, you can't beat someone who isn't in the race. Stoner missed 4 races and in that time Pedrosa pulled 75 points on him, therefore Stoner hasn't completed a full season. Returning in Motegi left 4 races and if Stoner won them all he still couldn't have beaten Pedrosa as the deficit was too big - assuming Pedrosa finished 2nd or 3rd in each race. Had Stoner not been injured we'll never know what the outcome would have been but it's irrelevant. He was and it meant Pedrosa ended the season with more points. Riders get injured and miss races. That's all there is to it. Up to Indy of course, Stoner had won 4 races to Pedrosa's 1.
You really can't stand that one can you? Pedrosa fairly and squarely handing stoner his arse last year. It dosen't sit well with this hysteria thats being whipped up around stoner by a few sentimental, moist eyed fantasists who think he's a "widely acclaimed" this and that. But he's not, and thats exactly how it will look in the history books because thats exactly what happened. Take the blinkers off boys.
If you think that beating someone who has missed several races is beating them fairly and squarely then that's up to you. That aside, Pedrosa had a very good season, it wasn't his fault Stoner was out injured and my opinion always was that there was little between Pedrosa, Stoner and Lorenzo.
As for history books and records, as I said elsewhere, Madonna and Rihanna have easily sold more records than Shirley Bassey and are way higher in the 'title' of best sellers - does that mean they are better singers?