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d8oNa675

November 29, 2011 11:50 PM
Last Edited 975 days ago

To my mind the question posed was Who is 'Your' GP rider of the year. Therefore finishing positions may have no importance to many fans.
I personally have followed Rossi since his final year in the 250's, and Stoner (as a fellow Aussie) since his first ride in 250 class.
My rider of the year however was Simoncelli for the excitement he brought to the season.
Despite the critiscm he recieved from other riders early in the season he gave his all on the track, and towards the end of the year had taken big steps in Speed and self control, smiling all the while!
Stoner was my 2nd followed by Edwards, Bautista and Lorenzo. Rossi had a bad year but I have faith for next year.
My votes are my standouts for the year. If it were all about results why have the poll at all?

JimBob - Unregistered

November 30, 2011 9:20 AM

Its all too easy to dis Stoners acheivements by sayting he had the best bike blah blah blah. In 2007, the Ducati may have been able to pass on straights, but it still needed skill to line those pases up going into the corner and on exit. Stoner consistently had a faster top speed than Loris who was on the same bike.

And we all know that different bikes have strengths and weaknesses in different areas. Its just that most can only see the bikes strenght on a straight, whereas its more difficult to notice on the corners, which is where the Ducati lacks, just ask Rossi. Stoner made that bike dance and deserved the title on pure merit, just ask Loris.

JimBob - Unregistered

November 30, 2011 9:20 AM

Same with this year, the other top guys were there or there abouts the same as last year, whereas Stoner jumped on a new bike and blitzed them all in style. If he was not on the equation, Yamaha would have won the title again, so please dont bang on about how Stoners titles are due to the bike, because they are not. Its because he is the best rider out there and was since he arrived in moto gp, and Rossi has actually proven that this year. Thanks Rossi.

Yuri - Unregistered

November 30, 2011 9:37 AM

Can we finally put this whole Rossi V Stoner 'thing' to bed now?

Here are the head to head stats from when Stoner arrived on moto gp in 2006, 6 seasons ago........

Rossi....
26 Wins
57 Podiums
15 DNS/DNF
2 WC

Stoner....
33 Wins
59 Podiums
20 DNS/DNF
2 WC

Its pretty clear who is better, especially when you consider that Stoner was on a satalite bike in 2006, and he was on the bike that Rossi cant do anything on for 4 of those seasons. Stoner on factory bike from day one, and on a honda or yamaha at that, and of course the stats would be even further apart by a much larger margin. He would certainly have taken many more wins away from Rossi. The facts and figures above clearly show that Stoner is a league above the likes of Rossi. The end.......

SCBonneville

November 30, 2011 1:35 PM
Last Edited 975 days ago

I've sat back and enjoyed all the comments on this thread... Some enlightening... some amusing... some... well... you fill it in...

As d8oNa675 said, if all you want to do is vote the poll by points in the championship... vote via the final standings... simple...

You can NOT argue that Casey had an OUTSTANDING year... heck, he's the champion in a virtual walk... My take on this is: one of the very best, if not the best rider... on the best bike (see Michael Scott's piece in this weeks GPWeek) and he didn't "put a foot wrong"... Any way that you look at it.. That adds up to a dominating year... and the championship... OUTSTANDING job Casey and Honda...

Now, if you look at the question from the "who did the most with the least" or "overcame the most adversity" to get their results... Then I think you have to come up with someone other than Stoner...

I don't "hate" any rider... not even Casey... I just like to poke at his "outspokenness" a bit.. I REALLY respect his racecraft...

SCBonneville

November 30, 2011 1:37 PM
Last Edited 974 days ago

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I am, however, an unabashed Spies fan... and my 2 cents worth is that he's still hasn't come to grips (no pun intended) with the Bridgestone's... and that's holding him back... when he's "on".. he's VERY good... when he's not... he struggles... and no, he's not my "rider of the year"... Too many DNF's... I still think that he's one of the top five or six racers and will just get better with time...

OK.. so let's get on with it then... to me, if I use the "overcame adversity" filter... I'd have to go with Pedrosa... He came into the season less than 100% and then broke his other collar bone, missed three races, came back and then went on a bit of a tear... and had a shot at third in points... That, in my eyes, is pretty danged good...

Plus, it seems that Puig has been pushed out of the picture a bit... That's a good thing for Dani's image... Michael Scott did an interview with Dani in GPWeek a couple of weeks back... another good read...

bandanet - Unregistered

November 30, 2011 5:57 PM

@enrico...

Rossi and stoner in motocross? be careful waht you wish for because stoner is multiple champion at young age in motocross in australia...i hate to say but your loving rossi will eat dust if you want them in motocross, so i suggest rossi to stay in rally car rather than motorcoss.

spur - Unregistered

November 30, 2011 10:51 PM

This was definitely Stoner's year. He whooped **** from git to go. Jlo put up a good fight and was a good defending champion, but Stoner was the man. Lot's of honorable mentions but, for me anyway, it was Casey.
The arguement about who's better Rossi or Stoner, right now Stoner has my nod. He's got the right bike and he's at the right age. Let's see how many championships Stoner has at 32. He'll need to win 5 in the next 6 years to tie Rossi. And that doesn't count 125 or 250 championships. Age and or injuries catches everyone sooner or later. Go Spies!

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