Fark-knucklehead likes to trot out all these Stoner stats which mainly come from 2007/8 when he had the custom made Bridgestones and a 40bhp advantage.
16 out of his 23 Ducati wins came in those two years out of four - that's 70% - and we all know what happened in 2008 when Rossi got his tyres?
He spanked his botty raw while still adapting to the new rubber with no previous data.
KA-BOOM followed by MELTD-O-O-OWN.
Nearly 45% of his wins came, as a virtual rookie in, 2007 alone..that just AIN'T the normal order and progression of things, whoever you support, and should give any fan worth his salt a massive clue.
Stoner was lucky he left when he did. He was and is responsible for the bike not being developed properly..something they're still sorting out today.
The most telling statistics are that in 2010..Stoner finished only 21pts further in front of Hayden, than Rossi did in 2011. Valentino's debut year on the Duke. Casey's 4th..a cunt hair more than a point a race.
Hedgey..Rossi didn't finish 4th because he qualified 7th.
He was the 4th fastest rider out there yesterday.
Qualifying is just for start position and, particularly under the new system, can be very misleading as to true race pace. Did anyone finish where they gridded up?
If it was SO important, they'd give them points for it.