I'll attempt an answer rather than slinging back a defensive jibe that avoids..or was the 'minor' with little experience, finally acknowledgement that he left a pile of shite and developed the bike backwards?
2009, he came 4th..the first year of Bridgestones spec tyre that he'd been on for two years, after deciding to go fishing while everyone else busted their balls working. All the other riders were apparently flabbergasted that he had the mindset to allow himself to take time off for a non injury related illness middle of the season. 10 weeks off for a poorly tummy? Marlboro were infuriated.
2010, 4th again..He started all 18 races but was beaten by two rivals who had genuine injuries & time off - 3 & 4 races respectively - after crashing FIVE fkn times come Sunday, pushing too hard too soon.
Rossi was as fast on the bastard CF bike Stoner left & tried to turn things around but was met with a complete unwillingness to change from the other half of the comedy duo that was responsible for the fked up excuse of a GP bike..Preziosi.
The competition moved swiftly along. Ducati dropped out of their development slipstream. The project stalled.
It is a complete myth Stoner left a competitive bike, perpetuated by one-eyed fanboys like yourself and Matt Birt who, this week in the paper, wrote in another article slagging Rossi and bumming Casey..
"Gobmeier is adamant such targets are not far-fetched fantasy. He is convinced Ducati has the people, technology and riders to get back to the dizzy heights of when Casey Stoner ruled the world on the beastly Desmosedici in 2010."
Casey Stoner DID NOT rule the world in 2010. He crashed his brains out and finished behind crippled riders in a weak field of six rookies.
Gobmeier is not the only one living in far-fetched fantasy land. God bless Kevin Ash..the last of MCN's proper journalist.
Look upon wosi's continued crusade against The blinkered Orange fuckos as an education my friend, because you can't buy reality here.