Let me rehash
I am by no means having a dig at Casey,Nostro,but in terms of the bigger picture back then,he sure as hell was not going to replace Dani or Nick within Repsol. Within factory YM1 there was never a snowball's hope in hell. Offers he may have had aplenty,but his junior class track record was at that stage similar to ...mmm...Crazy Joe's. Hence my suggestion that his original signing with Ducati afforded him the opportunity to exploit the strengths and weaknesses of the bike. He made a fist of it and his raw tallent left the rest scratching their collective heads in dismay.
However it was a case of commeth the hour,commeth the man. Casey may well have been offered this and that satelite ride and bust his balls for a podium or 3 wins per season, but the fact is his prodigious tallent on heavyweight machinery would never have been exposed had he not been given the factory Ducati ride in the first place. Its just the nature of the game. Calvin is finding out. Sad but true.
Carping on about Rossi's gifted silver spoon career is understandable and accepted,but this is 2013.
Casey's gone. Preziosi's gone. The detractors of the pair will continue to put in their 2 cents worth because there exists no possibility of scrambled egg all over their collective faces in 2013.
Let it go mate. Like Rossi's pathetic endeavour at Ducati,its history. All strength to the Italian marque and all their riders for 2013.
Final dig ! Laguna 2008 and Laguna 2012. A pair of GOAT's frollicking in the gravel at the corkscrew, respective to seasons. For Wosi's perusal only: That 2012 race took place after Dani 'shattered' Stoner's confidence at Sachsenring(Huh). What comes around goes around. Billy Goat Gruff still finished an easy second back then(2008). Billy Goat Clown...its history. Is it? Rossi's on the money right now with YM1. Mind you,that is also history, Jerez test that is. Let's see what Qatar throws up. A pair of 9's is my current guestimate.