I didn't knew you are Australian, it is clear that Stoner is your national hero so of course you will defend him at no cost. However, you do not behave as other Rossi haters and that gives you a lot of points.
I am not Italian but I am Valentino's fan. It is advisable for all young aficionados to check on youtube from time to time what use to do Rossi for MotoGP, the shows he pulled on the 2 strokes kept the sport alive. Vale is a legend because of his character. Not a super clean rider but a very intelligent one, a genius. Stoner had no chance of being loved like Rossi and that costed him. He always tried to force people to admire him and never admited defeat or criticism. When Rossi tried to apologize after their clash Stoner said: Your ambition outweighs your talent... I bet he practiced this line a lot of times in front of the mirror... by the way it is from the movie BLOW so nothing original there. it was a mistake but Stoner was 'hurt' since Laguna...
I stopped liking him after that incident. Then it got worse, he bashed fairings with Abraham with the excuse that the Czech rider was waiting for him, trying to leech a tow.
The final note was when Stoner rode up beside Randy de Puniet last year at Le Mans and punched him on the shoulder stating that he blocked him during warm-ups while the pair were travelling at high -speeds... sorry your highness, all riders forgot they had to step aside to give you enough space... Shame Abraham did bitch slapped you...
Finally, Stoner's bike was ridden by Stoner for 3 years. It was his baby, adapted to his riding style. And his style was super agressive. Rossi admited that he could not ride the thing like Casey, CHAPEAU. What all Rossi haters seem to forget is that if Rossi times in a bike he never liked and never felt comfortable with were good enough to get him overall good results against Hondas and Yamahas 2007 and beyong.
You are always stating Stoner this, Stoner that... yes but when the competition was nowhere as strong as today. Rossi couldn't do absolutelly nothing against the new breed of the Japanese. You easilly forget that Stoner stopped winning on 2009-10 (finished 4th both years) when the japs closed and increased the gap. The last 2 years have been also a nighmare for Rossi-Ducati because of evolving very few steps, litle evolution and slow reaction times. Rossi stopped trying, wiselly - at my believe not to smash his head trying to be 1-2 positions up the grid.
Let's see what Dovi does next year and what Rossi does... If Stoner is the real deal, please, send them a 1.000.000 like on facebook so he jumps on the Duke again and show us who's boss?