It's not "the Bridgestone", being smooth is the ONLY way to go fast using his style, his chassis and his settings, everyone racing 50, 125, 250, 350 (or having done so) knows it.
Also, his chassis doesn't like harsh transitions, he can't brake as hard as Rossi used to on the M1, his tyres won't have the same amount of heat in them, he CANT accelerate as hard as Rossi or even more so Marquez, the chassis won't let him, if he looses the rear, the front will depart, there is not enough weight in there to allow for good steering authority, to do that, you need a front that is loaded, "planted" like the Honda or Rossi's M1.
And yes, his style predates Kenny Roberts by as long as people have been doing road racing, K.R is the NEW style, he introduced the concept that the (rear) tyre limit was not the limit but that a bike could be ridden 110%.
I nearly forgot, Roberts, Lawson and Rainey were rather smooth too, but more because of precision in order to hit the same line and be consistent, they still were sliding it, a guy like Schwantz or Gardner would look riding like they were crazy in comparison, they were not crazy, the bikes were wild.
pannyderosa: I don't want to look like confrontational, but before Pedrosa, Honda started to develop bikes according to their own strength, engines, and it started with E.T Akka Freddie Spencer.
Gardner, Doohan even Lawson were all good at back-wheel steering and these were monsters compared to the 4 strokes.
What Honda does today with their bikes are Honda, that's the way they know how to design bikes and Stoner was only one guy who could ride them this way.
I have no opinion on Pedrosa other that he have room for improvement at this level, i personally think he is better than Lorenzo even so he didn't win a title yet, but that is just an opinion.