The ONLY racer today that might have had a prayer in keeping up with those guys would be Rossi. Lawson, Rainey, Schwantz, Doohan, Gardner, Spencer, Roberts Sr...those were REAL riders that had no fear (or sense) whatsoever. Out of them I would rank Lawson as the best who ever ran on 2 wheels. He proved it to me when, after winning the 1988 championship on the smooooth Yamaha, he switched to that uncontrollable beast of a Honda...and won the 1989 championship with it! I remember seeing that monster try to spit Eddie off like a bucking bronco out of every corner exit. Despite the poor-handling Honda, and despite that it forced Lawson out of his smooth riding style, he still managed to win consistently. The other main reason I rank Eddie #1 is because he seems to be the only long-term racer of that era to get out relatively unscathed. This guy, despite racing on the ragged edge (and winning) for so long, very rarely crashed. Doohan can barely walk, Rainey is paralyzed, Schwantz walks a little funny, etc., etc. When you think about it, it almost seems inhuman to accomplish what he has. Man, I miss those days!