yes, of course Simon, you're the authority aren't you.
Cal is doing what many have done before him, coming up through the ranks is a very different proposition to being parachuted into a works team with all the requesite parts and people to see you to the top.
so yes, Cal is STILL serving his apprenticeship and even you must admit he is getting faster and more consistent in the Tech3 squad (a satellite tream and if you really believe that Cal is on an identical bike to Jorge and Vale you're kidding yourself).
excuses? what excuses? oh yes, you mean the excuse that the tyre Jorge used was not good enough, a rogue no less yet the manufacturer could find no fault? no wait, it was that bump in the track that no-one but the great Rossi could find with his unique lines? or Bautista saying his line was perfect but the other guys wasn't?
every rider on the planet has excuses Simon, you just fixate on Cals because you don't like him, thankfully he and his employers don't give a flying fuck who you are, let alone your incisive critiques of his days work which was the 3rd best display in the world at his particular place of employment.
the boy done bloody good and your inability to congratulate a man doing a good job makes you very good company for a few other other armchair heroes here.