The simple fact is that there are features in both Rafale and Gripen that was appriciated by the test pilots. The idea that the test pilots only appriciated Rafale is a statement without truth, and could as best be contributed to the departement "wishful thinking".
@datafuser; since you seems to be very concerned by the production statistics of gripen, why dont you search the facts. It seems to me like you just want other users to do your interests, and when we do, you just complain and try to find faults. Its just not a polite and gentlemans way of doing things. U dont think that the operators that bought the gripen C/D's know the full productionhistory? Its not like the BAE consortium bought second hand gripens A/B's spitted on the canopy and polished them with the pullover ans then hanged a Wunderbaum in the ejectorhandle and marketed them as C/D versions.