First off, Who has riden the "new Laguna"?
I about 4 years ago when I last rode the track it was in pretty das shape but the main characteristics I had gorwn to love were still there, the high grip surface, the minor rough patches that would slow the pack, etc.
THe track has always been hard on tires, so I ask you is it still?
Rossi had tire issues, as is obviously show by the below pictures:
Now I must ask you, with a track known for being rough in the past and present (the inproperly cured concrete is peeling off in the braking and acceleration zones) Has a very high grip factor (brought on by the exact miwture of the surfacing) and the shear power and ability of the MotoGP machines and riders, I must ask:
Why did only Rossi have a tire failure?
Well he didn't, other riders either compensated for it or found a way to conserve their tires. There are many images out there that show this, but the one below is by far my favorite. This riders tire was just one step shy of completely peeling like Rossi's, but still his skills and ability to alter his riding style to suit the bike paid off.