Originally Posted by mdubya
I don't think anyone is questioning that. Nicky did compare quite favorably to the GOAT, though, regularly out qualifying and out racing him.
So, I think the point is, Nicky is better than the equipment and team situations he has been stuck with might suggest.
The numbers would be even closer if Nicky hadn't tried to give Ducati podium glory at Mugello.
The numbers would be closer because of this, and further apart if it weren't for that. This is why the ranking is based on crossing the finish line. The rest is just topspin.
Face it, Hayden has won just three races in 10 years of riding in MGP. That is simply not top-echelon.