Was going to say, I have a hard time believing an 8"+, very slack bike is going to have much trouble in the rough. Especialy a long 8" travel bike. You can always adjust suspension to be firmer or softer depending on how you ride the thing, and the DHR has a nice wheelpath as well. It was designed as a WC level DH race bike, to race any and every course on the circut, not just 'smooth' ones. That seems absurd to assume, but perhaps the DHR is just more nimble and a 'faster' bike in the right hands.You've never even ridden a DHR have you?
Maybe I'm missing something, but that's how I see it.