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People always go on about the two seconds slower on the same bike. The bike was completely foreign to him of course he was slower. And as for testing showing how things would be. The ducati barely changed all the others were bringing in completely new designs.
I still maintain that following the trend Stoner's wins on the Ducati would have diminished further (to zero in 2012) as Honda and Yamaha made an even bigger leap over Duc than in the 800cc era since 2007, and his DNFs increased and resulting in similar WC EOY positions in 2011 and 12 like Rossi.
I think Rossi probably dogged it a bit in 2012 especially but seeing things like Laguna this year, and Sic in 2011 probably left him thinking is this worth injuring myself over and I think most agree that Duc had the starts align in 2007 and will never see that again unless they get outside help.