Actually Doohanfan, I'm a bit of a Lawson fan and I remember his Cagiva efforts quite well.
Let me point a couple facts out to you. The Cagiva was never a race winner, never a championship winner and certainly never considered a real chance in ANY race it entered prior to Lawson riding it. The Ducati was ALL of those immediately prior to Flossi getting his greasy little mits on it! Lawson also equalled Flo's best championship finish on a machine where 'factory' meant back shed compared to what was at Flo's disposal.
Valentino's legacy is safe? My ******* ar5e it is!
It was in the depths of 5hit at the end of 2011 and with every press release on what new fangled upgrade that ended up in the skip bin, it sunk lower. So we arrive at the end of 2013 where he's dicing mid pack race in, race out, sacks his 'racing father' and fails absolutely to add ANY interest to the race or the championship for the team that pays him to do exactly that when it really mattered.
A bad season on the duc with an improved follow up season? Yeah it might have remained intact for most of his fans, but two, three, probably four years of wasted machinery and zero benefit to his employer? What's he left with? Oh, I forgot, nine champioships! Well those are a long time ago mate and real fans are aware of how few of those he actually had to race for.
Nine championships, 9 commemorative embroidered tea towels, 9 gold monkeys... so f****** what, might as well be the 9 fans he's got left who haven't seen the writing on the wall and judging by the comments all over the racing fraternity, that number is bang on.
So to you and your 8 mates including Daryl Beattie, that clown from Motomatters and the other half dozen brain dead disgraces to motorcycle racing fandom, think again...
The King is dead... and has been for years!