The broadcast we received live, said it was West's 1st motogp mount.
Now, the way I see it, to start 17th and work your way up to 4th, passing Rossi and even Vermuellin, should not be under rated.
He fell off, in his 1st motogp ride; Hayden fell off too (again), in ....how many Motogp rides has he had? Caparossi and 1/2 dozen other so-called experienced riders also fell off.
Speaking of Caparossi - isn't he Stoners team mate. Same bike, same tyres, yet we get all this crap that Stoner's only winning cos he's got the best set-up. If that's the case, Cappa should be winning every other race, or at least be on the podium every time.
Edwards blew me away when he said they picked the hardest tyre they could because of the wet! Both Stoner and Vermuellin said they picked the softest tyre they could! Priceless - seems there may be some problems in team tactics for those guys who fade when it rains.
The biggest irony of all is that the blokes from the most arid continent on earth, which is suffering it's most widespread drought in history, had three riders in that race, who appear to be superior to the others in the wet
(while they may be based in Europe now, they learnt their trade down under).
Well, I for one am enjoying the season so far