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Actually they didn't even bother with the apples and oranges back then because as I recall a lot of people were saying the guy who won on it was in fact useless and only did so because of superior traction control. And the only reason he could use this to his advantage was because he was so useless, that's why he'd open the throttle sooner and harder than anyone else, who'd have a better feel for what would be possible without this superior traction control. There were no real facts around to support this statement.
To sum things up: yes, I think Stoner's performances against his teammates on the Duc and then on the Repsol Honda show that he really is something special and it's sad to see him leaving. And yes, I think Rossi is a great rider, how anyone would question that is beyond me TBH, but the current Duc is nowhere near what Stoner rode in 2007. Much like the Honda won titles in WSBK a few years ago but is now definitely NOT the bike of choice. And I most certainly agree there is