Originally Posted by Jurassic
I agree that Cal is unlikely to ever be Moto GP champ (I think the best prospect for us Brits in that respect would be Scott Redding if he was able to get a competitive ride in Moto GP and even then the idea of beating Marquez in his prime is a little far fetched). I think there's a lot of smoke and mirrors about the specs of the various M1s though and the straight line speed difference between Cal's M1 and Rossi's at Qatar was striking when compared to the Hondas. That fact alone contributed to Cal's inability to pass Marquez and Pedrosa more than any lack of ability (mental or otherwise).
Same 2013 spec motor. An over the hill Rossi didn't have a problem passing all three.