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People talk about Stoner being the only one capable of riding the Duc and that is true to an extent but I think his final year with 5 DNFs and 3 wins shows that Rossi was on a bike going backwards and that even under Stoner with the Yam and Honda making further major advances that wins even under Stoner would be unlikely particularly in 2012. Rossi tried to turn that ship around but with races being essentially testing on the fly he had no chance. Would Stoner have done better in 2012 on the Duc compared to Rossi possibly due in particularly to Rossi's reliance on a planted front. But I think the gap in terms of wins/podiums would not have been as great as people make out.