There was also the little matter of the tyres Lorenzo was using in his crash-fest 2008 debut year.
He was on the Michelins that Rossi had decreed as inferior and dumped in favour of the Bridgestones following 2007. Pedrosa also dumped Michelin for Bridgestone. So it's fair to say that if the Michelins were inferior to the Bridgestomes, then Lorenzo would have to take more risks to achieve the same lap and race times as Rossi on the same bike with superior tyres.
In 2009 they all got the same tyre and he crashed less. Was that because he had 'matured' or because he wouldn't have had to push harder on tyres that weren't on a par with anyone else.
Seems a reasonable assumption
As for middle of the road, I'd disagree. As said elsewhere, he wants to win and badly, just like the others. If he thinks he can win he'll push and make a fight of it. When Pedrosa was passing him in the latter half of the season, you have to assume Lorenzo had no answer and 2nd was the only option, a win being out of reach. That's different from not challenging for the win and playing safe.
So he won the title yes, but how much must it gnaw at him that he was beaten in all but one race in the latter half of the season - and in that one race Stoner was missing and Pedrosa was taken out.
Interesting that Stoner gets called immature or lacking racecraft for pursuing wins and Lorenzo is looked on as more complete - or at least that's how it is at the moment. When Lorenzo 'failed to challenge' Stoner in Jerez last year, he was criticised for 'settling for second' and 'gifting Stoner the win'
Not double standards again surely...