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Seeing as I one of the people who called the Duke a dog I'm going to answer you...
In 2007 the duke was the best bike in the field bar none. But... Only in a straight line. look at the first race in Qatar. Rossi would take Stoner on the twisties and Stoner would power past on the long straight. Not get a tow and slipstream, but POWER past.
The thing was it had the power to come good as long as there was a straight. Since 2009 that is no longer the case - the Yams and Hondas can pass it on the straight now, but it's still a dog in the corners...