Originally Posted by vizsladog44
Yup considering hes had FOUR years to do it.
3 race wins in four years?? Heck Dani has 2 wins so far and was on the podium and had pole in his second race.
Apples and Oranges.
When Nicky came into MotoGP the bikes were still relatively new and did not have traction control. It has taken them years to get them to the point they are at now.
Dani has had YEARS to learn all the European tracks and has more experience with them than does Nicky.
The GP bikes today handle and act more like the 250 bikes, not like a superbike (where Nicky came from).
Nicky is on the TEST bike (the platform the 800cc motor will be using). He is testing parts (that's why he can have stuff like last race with a burned clutch, bad setups, etc). His bike NEVER has the same setup as they are constantly changing/testing/evaluating parts. Nicky was NOT expected to challenge for the title this year on a bike under development. Considering the circumstances, he's doing a heck of a job.
Dani is riding last year's bike and his setup remains relatively unchanged from race to race (a little rebound or compression here or there). He doesn't have to concern himself with new parts, suspension components, changes to the geometry of the bike, new clutches and other gadgets.
Is Pedrosa doing well? Yes. Do I think he's talented? Yes I do. But I do not think he's the best rider in GP racing by a long shot. He still has a long way to go to match up with Valentino, Capirossi, Melandri, etc. He's on the best bike in MotoGP racing by far.
He's also 40lbs lighter than most of the riders so whether you believe it gives him an advatange or not (And yes, past Champs think it does) I don't believe that he's the second coming of Valentino. Nicky has shown that when he has a good setup that can get in front of and stay ahead of Dani.
I hope Nicky wins it this year so he can write his own ticket. It'd be a heck of an accomplishment since it's been some time since anyone NOT named Rossi has won it.