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From what I gather, this is the argument made against the desmosedici:
In 2007, the bike was great. It stomped the field and there were no issues. Slowly, but surely, the bike progressively declined due to incorrect development by Stoner. Rossi jumped on a inherently defective bike and it was never fixed crippling him for 2 years.
The thing is, the Ducati has never been a great bike. Stoner just made it look amazing and perhaps made other riders want it badly.
I can use the argument of "where were the other Ducatis" here because Stoner was the #2 rider destroying everyone. Loris was nowhere to be seen! He probably got more support, too!
Loris finished 7th that year. To put things into perspective: TWO SUZUKIS FINISHED AHEAD OF HIM!!!
I wouldn't say the Ducati was great, I would say Yamaha and Honda failed to create decent bikes that year. No pneumatics = automatic loss against desmo power. Also, Ducati gambled and went "all-in" with bridgestone in 2005, I believe. It finally paid