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The bikes they were riding were completely different. In 2012 the displacement was different and the bike had gone through dozens of iterations to try to suit Rossi's needs, starting from midway through the previous season.
Of course this wouldn't have been necessary if Rossi had been willing to try to ride like Stoner who he claimed wasn't riding hard enough...
If Rossi just rode as hard as he could on the bike Ducati gave him as Stoner did...