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Hang on Codger... I'm a LONG time Rossi fan and think he truly is the GOAT. I also didn't vote for him within my top ten in this poll... now why wouldn't I? Simply because as it was a RIDER of the YEAR poll, there were 10 other riders I placed above him (IMHO). So, am I a hater now? Well it doesn't make me rate him as a rider any less or decry that he still took 6th in the champ on an old nail... it just means that IMHO, there were 10 more deserving ROTYs. (M1M succinctly nails this concept in the second post in the thread.)
Incidentally, I put Lorenzo at the top and Pedrosa second and still fully stick by that, but I completely understand why some thought Pedro deserved the top spot, which could be argued in a number of areas in terms of ROTY.
By similar tokens, Stoner third seems a bit false. Some serious rider and racing mistakes in the season had me placing him 6th, so for me, I reckon 3 other riders out performed him in ROTY terms this year.
Fanboyism aside (you'll never get ri