OK I stand corrected. I did a little more research. And don't insult my knowledge for I have not insulted yours.
But in the unfortunate numbers game. Rossi should have won that championship last year. His unfortunate crash at Valencia just left Hayden sailing to it.
Rossi won 5 races last season (along with 4 Runner-ups, and a 3rd place finish). Hayden won 2 races (with 3 runner-ups, and 5 3rd place finishes). It just seems to me that the system is slightly flawed.
As for the 800 being made around Pedrosa, clearly Honda saw that this kid in his ROOKIE SEASON won as many races (2 wins, 2 runner up, 4 3rd places) as the "World Champ". Why not have him be the future. It would only make sense.
I'm not sure how you figured Rossi should have won, but he clearly didn't. If you would like to play that unfortunate numbers game we can include the points Hayden lost because the so called "Hondas Future" crashed into him, along with Honda constantly screwing with his clutch. I'm sure you'll rebuttal with something along the lines of Rossi getting wrecked in the first race and all of his tire problems so let me save you the trouble, that's racing.
Nothing Honda has done in the last two seasons "makes sense", why bother starting now?
Racing is not an armchair sport. Who should win and who wins are always completely different, that is the joy of this sport. Since it's a unanimous decision that Rossi is the greatest ever, why even bother racing? Let's just hand the title to him every year and we can save the manufacturers millions. The fact of the matter is racing is a team sport. It's the team that puts together the better package over the course of the season. It's a complete miracle that Hayden won, I agree to that, but it's not due to a lack of talent from Hayden. The miracle is the fact he could win under adversity from HRC.
You can call it whatever you like, a fluke, a joke, once in a life I could really care less. If you find it offensive that I am "insulting your intelligence" I can only inform you to know what you're talking about before you post.