to be fair to Dovi, he did as well as the bike would let him, that much was clear from the formation flying he and Nicky flew all race.
i think i see what you're saying H5 although not sure you're getting what i'm saying.
if places are "gifted" did Cal get gifted 3rd because Dani wasn't good enough this weekend?
was Dani gifted 4th because Jorge was a meccano set?
you might just as well say Vale was gifted the top step because the others, through lack of pace for one reason or another weren't able to challenge?
this is bike racing, some weekends it works, some it doesn't but nobody gets places handed on a plate, they fight hard from the moment they step on the track and whether it's good enough is decided by what race fans call a "race", i.e. to see who is best at the particular track they're at.
you can't even bank on the track favouring one manufacturer over another, didn't Jorge win at "Honda tracks" and vice versa for Dani and Marc?
we see the fight very much from the outside and allowed a breif glimpse throughout the weekend to make a judgement so Rossi's now the new god (except, obviously he's finished and Marc is the messiah we've all been awaiting but he languished in 2nd having his ankles nibbled quite ferociuosly by Cal but hey, it could and probably will be different next time, that's racing for you!!!) and Dani's going to lose the title yet again(albeit losing it from the front so until he does he's still top dog) and Cal is doing the satellite bike of Tech3 the mother of all PR jobs (and Monster want that PR push, it'as why they sponsor him).
enjoy the racing and leave the mind games to the experts.