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Could you be anymore wrong, mate?
Ducati didn't take "a very wrong turn" after 2007 as you put it.
The reality was that all the other factories woke up and made considerable progress in the off-season before 2008. More specifically, they all upgraded to pneumatic valves to compete with the desmodromic valves, and everyone got Bridgestones.
Every MotoGP championship is won with a "top 3 bike" as you stated. Believing anything contrary is naive, almost infantile. As of today, there are only 2 bikes capable of a championship, yet Stoner gets flak because he was on one? And in 2012 he gets beat by the other bike capable of a championship - so what?
Everyone agrees that Ducati does ZERO updating during a season and minimal updating year-to-year. So how can you blame that on Stoner? He still rode the hell out of the machine and made it look better than it ever was in all reality.