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Right now the only person riding a GP bike similarly to how the old 500s were ridden is CS. He is spinning and sliding the bike around every corner, and very significantly and convincingly. That, is talent. Because now you have all the fuel economy, and electronics, and everything else that is trying to mess with the balance of the bike, not just the throttle control in your right hand. AND another thing is that the bridgestones are also much peakier, with much harder carcasses, and often times very difficult to get to work. I have a feeling stoner puts plenty of heat and keeps the heat in the tire by lighting the rear up, and keeps the heat in the front tire by pushing the front so much.
If you ask me, I bet stoner began to struggle with the ducati as they attempted to make the bike rideable for OTHER people and not just stoner. However I feel the carbon fiber chassis just is an epic failure, as it's, well, just a giant spring without much damping.
That said, I really hope va