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I agree that Stoner has had the best equipment in his title winning years but aside from 2004 and maybe his first title with honda, Rossi was also on the best equipment in the field.
The fact is that even with the best equipment, the rider still has to bring it home consistently and both Rossi and Casey has done that...even lorenzo! So I take nothing away from those guys.
I guess the argument will always be whether Stoner can develop a bike, as arguably the Ducati did not improve over time while he was there but that could also be attributed to the development direction Ducati took not Stoner...he simply worked the package as best as he could and did a hell of a job!
I think Stoner risked more to get the ducati working and Rossi is more focused on changing an obvious improper technical formula. It would seem that Rossi has convinced ducati to change its approach while Stoner could not (or did not know how to).