Interesting stat. After barcelona in 2009 (which everyone remembers), Rossi, JLO and Stoner were tied on 106 points. Nicky had about 9 points. 9! Even when Stoner struggled in the first 2/3 of 2010, Nicky was usually 2 or 3, and often 4 or more positions behind him. We have no better measuring stick that Rossi and Stoner vs. Nicky, so it's safe to assume that Stoner would have done much better than the current ducati riders.
Now, why do you think it's such a stretch to think that Stoner would not have podiumed on this bike?
I and others have explained this ABOUT ONE MILLION TIMES but here I go once again.
YES FFS, Stoner would have done better than the others, but THIS Ducati is TOO FAR BACK to be challenging for a podium. THIS IS NOT THE SAME BIKE OR HAS THE SAME RELATIVE COMPETITIVENESS AS IN 2010. If you think this bike is as competitive as in 2010 you clearly do not actually watch motoGP. I don't know what else to say. And let me make this clear once again, I personally am a DUCATI fan not a Rossi fan, just in case you think I am all about defending Rossi.
Never mind the fact that we have said NUMEROUS times that Hayden went from a podium contender in 2010 to languishing in 9th places in 2011. Here's a measuring stick for you:
If you are saying that Stoner would be able to challenge FOR PODIUMS ON MERIT which is what we were talking about, in other words, getting a podium with no crashes etc, you are saying that he would beat one of Pedrosa, Lorenzo or Rossi on factory Yamahas and Hondas.
STONER has had times this year where he failed to beat Lorenzo and Pedrosa WHILE ON A FACTORY HONDA.
So I ask this to you too. Are you saying that Stoner on a 2012 Ducati would beat Lorenzo, Pedrosa or Rossi on a factory Yamaha/Honda?