K.R doesn't talk about Lorenzo as an outtstanding talent styler-wise but as a strong racer which is totally different.
On the topic of his riding technique, in 2008 Lorenzo visited him at his ranch because he had an issue with low grip (wet racing), he stayed 3 weeks and was quiet strong doing off road.
But there is more to it than just that, for example, KR trainees were spending a lot of time going ovals around cones on mini 100 cc sideways to get use of appyling off road skills to road racing.
Fact is, the week end following his stay at K.R ranch Jorge crashed in the wet at Silverstone, this was in 2008, he never applied what K.R might have taught him to road racing.
This year he was highsiding more often than doing podiums, since, he is the Yamaha rider who highsided the most for decades, he never was at ease on the gas and developed ther 250 style with the help of another 250 rider, Wilco Zeelenberg.
The point i am making here, Roberts says himself two things; the limit is NOT that of the tyres (of course the rear) but passed that, you can make up 10 th by sliding the bike.
The 250 style works as long as there is grip, especially with bikes of this weight, the 250 could carry more corner speed because of the ratio weight/grip, not because it was fashionable.
Now if you look at the past 4 years, you will noticed that when Stoner was able to drive the RC to its best he totally dominated Lorenzo, last year, Martquez was faster everywhere (partials)
with 9 poles and 11 race best laps bar the very fast curves, had he have the experience to translate these into wins he would have done the same than Stoner.
The fact is, bar Lorenzo, all multiple world champs since Roberts were good at sliding bikes.
Can't beat the stats.