No mate..as I said, the argument is NOT to denigrate Casey per se, but to illustrate Rossi was fast - admittedly maybe not quite AS fast - at the start of his tenure before all the changes, which apparently started as soon as he crossed the line in Qatar 2011.
It's directed at the fanboys who are like lazy sheep, following and believing what they're told and by-and-large can't form their own opinion. They're not students of GP.
The same applies to the theory that Stoner trounced team mate Hayden 2010 and Rossi squeaked home in front of him by a nose 2011 because race crashes apparently don't count.
You've been hanging around here long enough to appreciate the invective directed towards Rossi and maybe some of it has been deserved given the shit Stoner has copped in the past. But most of that shit/ banter call it what you like..has been directed at the man not the rider.
He isn't generally very popular NOT because he presented a threat on track but because of his personality. Those that say this is unfair & should have nothing to do with it, seem to forget the exposure these top guys have. It's part & parcel of the game nowadays and is a big part of the reason they earn so much money.
Like it or not..Rossi is a household name and the sport is literally richer for his involvement.
When you've been at the top for as long as him there will inevitably be some petty jealousy from both riders and fans who think he's big-headed and want to see him fail.
This is pretty normal as far as my experience goes and happens in regular life too. Human nature..seven deadly sins and all that.
But..I'm a fan and it would be rude not to point out some errors in judgement, especially when they're coming from a cock like Stoner and his grumpy fucko fans.