"the drivel his fans put into print on here. Such as VR never goes well at a new track". The fan stating so, in this specific instance is Cal Crutchlow.
I'm disappointed with rossi's performance yet what you say is really paranoid.
Man, you do not win 9 Championship because of luck or because of sponsors: timesheets do not lie, as much as they did not lie yesteday on Rossi's performance, they did not lie in the past when he was winning left and right. If you think rossi opponents were not strong, maybe you were not watching motogp back then. Because, as a matter of fact, you'd know then that Rossi's greatest strenghts have always been two: racecraft and, thanks to that, an ability to make total mash of his opponents, so that they did, indeed, end up looking like they weren't good. But the point is the opposite to yours, it's after competing with rossi that people like you thought of those riders as second class riders, not before. The only rider who was holding up to rossi was JL, that's the rider who's lasted the longest, however I always thought Rossi's injury arrived right at the point when JL was to be put to the final test by VR. I do concede however to you that there weren't as many riders as in the last 5 years all able to compete for the championship.
Indirectly, you've seen a bit of what Rossi was (still is? don't know) just yesterday: Marquez making a move, sorry, THAT move, on lorenzo, changed, at least in part, the perception of the champion Lorenzo is. I'm sure in many a person's mind Lorenzo seems not as strong as they thought him up until saturday. And that's the strenght of Marquez. You've already seen Marquez is getting under lorenzo's skin, will he be able to completely fuck him up? Time will tell. Marquez likely is, rightly so, the new rossi. But in 10 years time there'll be deniers like you saying Marquez was only winning because racing on the best bike and against a washed up old champion (VR), a hard-working-dog-but-not-real-champion (JL), and a a second class champion (DP), none of that real competition. Rossi earned his name not by chance, same reason why Marquez is making the news. He's fast, flamboyant and he is the toughest shit on race day. When the USA arrived in Auschwitz, Eisenhower told his troops to take as many photos and shoots of what they were witnessing because "in 50 years time there'll be idiots claiming this never happened". Bulto, what do you want to claim?