Re: Rossi vs Stoner
Early days yet, but my prediction is that Stoner will win the title this year, but Rossi will take the fight down to the last race - which should at least keep the season very interesting.
My money's still on Toseland for World Superbikes though, with Haga second, and dare I say Biaggi third (no Ozzies in top three).
Italian vs Japanese bikes, had both over the years but can't really compare in terms of performance as the Italians were 125 & 250 two strokes and the Japs have been 600 four strokes - at a push I would say Italian based on handling and style.
One more thought: Rossi vs Doohan (in his prime of course) on the same bike?