Sure, let's talk about Jorge's rookie season to make a point about how well he can handle a GP bike, that makes a lot of sense. Or the time his traction control fucked up on him. If you thought you had TC and it wasn't there, you'd be on your ass too. You think he would be riding like that if he knew the TC wasn't on?
Plenty great riders crash a lot in their rookie year including Rossi and Stoner, until they come to grips with the machine. The Suzuki riders back in the early 990 era crashed a lot because of the inconsistency of the electronics. Does that mean they cannot ride a bike without rider aids? No, it means the bike's system fucked up a lot. KR Jr was one of those Suzuki riders. ONE time Jorge's bike's electronics weren't acting right and you conclude he can't ride without the aids? Makes sense... I guess crashing once or twice makes a rider a habitual crasher too.
How do you know 'traction control is necessary' is not the case? Nobody rides these bikes without traction control. They are not meant to be ridden without traction control. It's part of the entire design of the bike. You can't say, OK just turn off the traction control and let's see you go as fast as you did before.
Traction control and launch control are part of the bike's entire electronics system. It's not like, OK just turn one of them off.
You think KR could put down the laptimes Jorge can on a modern GP bike? No. But like I already said, it's an impossible comparison. Saying the two bikes is like a barbie car to a corvette is stupid. The old 500s were sliding bucking machines that could be ridden with less precision because
of the limited technology and tire grip that was available to them. Crappy tires (relative to today), crappy suspension, limp noodle frames = bikes that can be muscled around and twisted out of shape and still achieve good laptimes. Today's bikes aren't anything like that. Stiff tires, stiff frames, way more horsepower. They require a completely different riding style. They require more precision. Of course an old GP rider like KR is not going to be all that fond of them.
To try to discredit Jorge's skill or the skill needed to ride a modern GP bike, you're making up impossible scenarios. If they were so easy to ride, why can't more riders ride them better? Reminds me of when everybody was so sure Casey was only fast because he had full faith in the electronics and just grabbed handfuls of throttle everywhere. How wrong they were. They are far from, twist the throttle and go fast bikes. If they were, more riders (with capable machines) would be on the podium and/or winning races.