Because they ARE. Here's the list. Loris Capirossi 35 Colin Edwards 35 Valentino Rossi 30 James Toseland 28 Randy de Puniet 28 Gabor Talmacsi 28 Nicky Hayden 27 Chris Vermeulen, Mika Kallio, Tony Elias, Marco Melandri, all 26 Alex de Angelis 25 Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso, all 23 Jorge Lorenzo 21 Nicola Canepa 20 Average that out and it comes to 26.44 years of age. Now, stop and think, what had YOU done by the time you were 26??