You started okay when you said Lorenzo wasn't a great because he really has only had 2 people able to challenge him for the title since 2010. But clearly you weren't watching MotoGP during the 990 era otherwise you would know how much more competitive it was back then. Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kawasaki, even Kenny Roberts with his own bike, got on the podium. The leaders then had much more to deal with then than they do now, just shows you how good Rossi was, and his performances nowadays aren't because the others are better, it is because of what he's had to deal with at Ducati. One last thing, here's the list of podium finishers from 2012: Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, Rossi, Dovizioso, Crutchlow, Bautista, Nakasuga; and here's the list of podium finishers from 2006: Capirossi, Pedrosa, Hayden, Rossi, Melandri, Stoner, Edwards, Kenny Roberts JR, Nakano, Vermeulen, Elias and Troy Bayliss.