Who cares DF?..
..well we've got a good few here at MCN quite obviously.
The word dominated as applied to Stoners career, rather than the seasons he won, has often been used by journalist too, who should know better. The same type who use phrases such as Brought a knife to a gunfight to describe the Ducati Stoner rode, that gave him 16 wins in Two seasons while running the more friendly Bridgestones on the GP7/8.
If Stoner was good as they thought he was..he would have backed a title up, and the fact that he didn't with such a superior win tally has gotta tell you something about the way he rides..which makes ol wosi think that the real reason Casey retired was family.
His all action balls-out style was closer to the edge than anyone. I believe Casey and his wife weighed that up and understood he wouldn't be able to change his approach once the lights went out and the red mist came down.
He had some fairly big offs during his time which allied to a lot of luck, gave the appearance he bounced extremely well..up until Indy last year, which probably confirmed they had made the right decision for his/their future.
With regard to Lorenzo..I'm sure he wasn't particularly happy with Dani winning more races but, you seem to forget that Honda brought a new bike out for the Repsol riders mid-season..a bike that Stoner rejected.
To my mind, Dan's increased competitiveness dovetailed with the appearance of the new RCV. If Lorenzo had been behind and chasing, I think we would have seen a harder charging style..although whether he could have won races he seemed to settle for points in, is a matter of speculation.