He was a standout talent... in a sea of mediocrity!
It's arguable that he was even as good as other riders when he won his last two championships but I'll admit he still had to ride the bike (with DORNA homologated, 'limited edition only' accessories of course).
He is not and was not better than any other riders since 2006 and in all seriousness will be remembered mostly for being a two-faced manipulative clown who liked to play dress-up for the 12 year olds who believe popularity is directly proportional to skill.
So far his Yamaha results are barely better than his two years at ducati despite it being an easier bike to ride and with less competition on track such as Stoner and the original human scud, Simoncelli. Thus using only the facts as they lay, it's quite accurate to say that the last year in which this so-called 'goat' was competitive, is way back in 2009. The sooner he makes way for more deserving riders and Caramello drops off the perch, the sooner the competition will settle back towards true world championship status where we might see someone other than the same old riders in with a chance. If it means a loss of popularity for the sport, I couldn't give a fuck but if it means not having to listen to fuckwits drawl on with 5 minutes worth of motorcycling knowledge picked up from this and other sites that survive with 'will Flo have a shit before or after breakfast' type surveys, then I can't fuckin' wait!
A win or two this season? Like someone said, fuckin' good odds if you're a betting man but either way, Ago is smiling while the excuses flow in from all corners. About the only question left to be asked about the bloody ponce is whether or not he'll see out his 2 year contract and if it's a lack of balls or the onset of reality that sways his decision the most?
The chance of a pole in (the) Assen will once again be the highlight of the year for him and his fans.