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The only people who are going to "harshly" judge Rossi are the riders who will never achieve what he has, who have never/will never have a factory ride, fans of said riders, etc. Anybody who is "impartial" - and that's a key word - value Rossi as much as any/every other rider who has graced the world stage and done good. Machinery doesn't make a "good" rider win races/championships. Great machinery helps an "extraordinary" rider win races and championships. A good cook with a cookbook still won't make better food than a Chef.
If we are to believe Furasawa, the M1 is - more or less - the same minus some tweeks and some extra CC's. The current bike is not a revolution. It's more like a minor overhaul.
P.S. Your Armstrong analogy doesn't work well here.