Originally Posted by LDH
Yea, but the GOAT became the greatest when he only had to beat Gibernau, Melandri and Capirossi... Ever since Stoner, Pedrosa and Lorenzo came onto the scene Rossi's domination over the field came to a screeching halt.
Everybody ages and with age comes a degradation of natural reflexes and ability not to mention longer times for healing injuries. I remember last year at Laguna watching the podium ceremonies and regarded it as a changing of the guard. Do you know what was different this year on the podium? NOTHING...
I forget if it was Rainey or Lawson who commented on Rossi's timing and among other things noted his timing in entering MGP when the field was bereft of real talent. People will post up no doubt the number of world champs on the grid at the time but their competitiveness was nothing like the era before and now.