I'm demanding residuals!
I dunno which one is the better rider, since it's hard to tell until you put 'em both on equal equipment. Methinks Barros showed Rossi ain't as great as some make him out to be, since he gave him hell after finally getting (close) to equal equipment at the end of the year. Heck, Barros had to jump from a 500cc 2-stroke to a 1000 cc 4 stroke with little chance to test/adjust! Rossi's been riding the 4 stroke for quite a while.
I kinda think Rossi has hit MotoGP during a bit of a lull, some/most? caused by rule changes. Kinda reminds me of when Mick Doohan was winning everything. Sure Doohan was a great rider, but he didn't have to battle multiple riders as in the Schwantz/Rainey/Lawson/Gardner/Spencer days. Doohan probably didn't come into his own until the group above had left GP. It's a shame Doohan didn't have someone to push him, as the aforementioned group did.
BTW...I voted for Barros based on his results in the last few races, 'specially since he was new to the bike. If you can believe reports, Barros' biggest problem sounds mental-it's reported sometimes he shows up ready to race, sometimes not!