Originally Posted by JNRobert
I'm sure he's a fine man n'all, but you know, that hangin' in there has probably been to the tune of $2M a year. He wasn't ever going to consistently beat the Aliens whichever bike you gave him so like Edwards, he's been collecting a big paycheck for little actual results (in MotoGP).
I have no doubt he could clean-up in any national series and would be a potential champion in WSC on the right bike.
And he still doesn't speak a word of Italian that I'm aware of. That's a shame, he might have developed a winning bike if he'd learned the language.
One thing he did that will go down in the history books is that he won the World Championship in 2006 all the while developing a new bike for Honda's golden boy for the following year. Oh yea, he also kicked Rossi's ass that year also. When you think about it he is more than just a force in the national scene, has been for years and doesn't cry.....