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Old 06-30-2013, 12:27 AM   #2947
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No doubt Stoner had amazing talent, and he could "be one" with the Ducati like no-one else has been able to.

But in 2007 it was a lot different in many ways, the 1st season of the 800's, Ducati got that switch nailed right from the start, and Yamaha&Honda were struggling. Also that was the year when Michelin failed, and suddenly the Stones were the tyres to be on. They got that one just right, too. Not taking anything away from Stoner, but the bike was a lot more competitive against its main rivals back then, than it has been ever since. Their downward spiral is probably why Stoner left. Now they're neck-deep in a swamp, and don't seem to have a clue how to climb out.
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