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Much as posters like to slag off Ducati. Please consider that this small firm is the only one to beat the Japanese giants in the premiere class since 1974. Honda have a market cap of about 70 billion USD and Ducati about 200 million USD. They are truly the David against the Goliaths. Rossi faces a daunting task and I hope he has a measure of success as the little Italian factory adds to the grid in many ways.
Most of the vitriol directed at Rossi is just payback for the childish insults that have been directed at Stoner in the past. It is not really worth responding to such comments as anybody who rides or has ridden motorcycles (not scooters) could see what Stoner was doing. Reminds me of Read and Agostini battles, and a fantastic shot of Read on the evil handling MV, all out of shape with Ago on the Yamaha taking evasive action behind.
Arguing that Stoner could have just ridden around like Hayden and played it safe is naive. No Australian or 'minor country' rider will keep his seat