You will learn one day that power alone means nothing. Caparossi is a 3 times world champion and he couldn´t beat Rossi on the Duc. Melandri a 1 time W/C and neither could he. Dito Hayden.
When he rode the Honda, Stoner simply didn´t get on with the Michelin front tyre, which resulted ih him crashing a bit to often. Also, don´t forget he was a rookie on a customer Honda, but still managed to put the bike on pole in his very first GP in the big class. If that failed to impress you, then nothing will.
The first Grand Prix of the season had Loris Capirossi getting pole position, fastest lap, and the race win on the friendlier, or at least more familiar, Ducati 990. At Jerez, too, where Stoner and the Desmosedici have never been that competitive.
You have to wonder about Casey Stoner's ability to find employment or ingratiate himself with team bosses; when such an obviously breathtaking rookie year saw him signed up as Ducati No.2 as about their 100th choice rider. And then made up for this oversight by chasing Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi across the length of Europe as soon as Stoner called in sick. It's sad, and makes you suspect that Stoner won't be in MotoGP long enough to get a look-in at any of Rossi's records.
And Simon Says, Stoner is known to use less
traction control than any other rider of the Ducati. That's one of the reasons he can get it around so fast, his feel of the bike keeps the throttle open where other riders back off, mechanically or electronically. You could argue that he's the Kenny Roberts of the 800 era. And qualifying isn't meaningless, you still have to get the bike around the track faster than anyone else.
Edited by Risil, 30 December 2009 - 16:31.