Competitive vs the list of champs i quoted, which is a little different kind of nonsense... The "cream" didn't develop the necessary skills to ride a 500 100% and become champs on them when they were there, only a handful of very skilled and trained people made it, how do you expect this "cream" to do it now?
@Firebird3 I'd love to see Lorenzo adapt to Marquez style and be able to ride the M1 the way it could be ridden on the gas, simply because i support Yamaha regardless of who wins on them and that they need to be able to counter Marquez over the next few years.
Unfortunately, look at the partials of previous seasons, and ask yourself; wouldn't have a guy like Kosinski (or Cadalora, same style) fared as well on the M1 in the same circumstances since 2008?
They both won on 500 cc...
MCN compare Lorenzo to Lawson which i think is very flatering but forgetting one major difference between the two; Lawson was a dirt tracker and spend hundred of hours riding 200cc mini sideways around cones or doing moto-cross at the Roberts ranch.
As for adaptability of riders, i think you guys forgot that there have been scores of very decent riders in the 500 category who never made it even with factory rides for this very reason.
Not everyone is one of them (champs in my list) and there is a constant there; Honda telemetry did show that Doohan was precise to the 100eme mm with the gas, which is way above average, and what the 2 stroke requiered to get the best of them while staying on top of them, as Lawson said; all in the rider's wrist, not everyone acquired skills.
Then, many people were training with Roberts, some became champs, some didn't, (and there have been a few 250 world champs like Lorenzo) so talking about "adaptability" is leveling things from the bottom, no less (which is what 4 strokes + electronics does btw).
Now, i think you would be better off looking at their (today's Moto GP riders) respective styles (partials will helps) and ask yourself the question, which one is good on the gas? without this emotional compromission in mind, meaning; I don't dislike Lorenzo, i just don't think he's got what it takes to counter Marquez on skills only.
Now, for Yamaha stake i hope he is better than i think he is (we will see this year), because the Honda riders are not going to wait for the Espargaró brothers to be on the factory M1...