Funny, I seem to recall Ducati throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the bikes under Rossi's direction including the alloy frame he said it required and it made the problem worse. Maybe he is not quite the development rider others have claimed. If anything I would like to think Burgess who has been the crew chief of many world champions is more in a position to be praised than anyone else. Don't fool yourself the Yamaha Rossi rode was virtually indistinguishable with the same clothes on, but far removed under them from the previous seasons M1.
I used to think Max was a whiner, but when the facts came to light after his exit from MotoGP, he was telling the truth all along about how the engineers refused to make changes or how factory bosses would withhold special race parts and of course the tire issues. Don't forget that Max is a 4 time world 250 champion and has 2 WSBK championship titles too.
For sure Rossi imploded at Ducati.
Which also revealed Stoner to be even more than he was understood to be.
I don't think we are going to ever agree on Max. LoL.
My lasting impression of Max remains his perennial complaining about everything but him when he didn't win, and only crediting himself when he did win.
He always had an excuse other than himself when it came to losing a race.
He'll never be remembered by me as someone who should have won the MotoGP, but didn't because he couldn't - just like it will be for Pedrosa.
Could have, maybe, should have - NOT.
As for JB, for sure, the Ace of Chiefs, and a huge component of the riders he worked with through the years. Would it be fair to call J B sort of a Kel Carruthers+ ?