On the other hand, another idea, that Rossi is now riding better than he ever has, is getting a lot of play. When he was winning one championship after another, the narrative goes, he was among rivals more easily deflated by Rossi’s psych-war arsenal. There was poor Sete Gibernau, manfully swirling his muleta and passing the bull ever closer, while Rossi clowned, laughed, and won races. So, too, with Max Biaggi, who could all too easily be baited into losing his cool. Even that mysterious wizard Casey Stoner was not immune to Rossi’s penetrating rays.