"Its just unfair" was refered to the fact, that some abilitys can be just afforded by either some lucky devil finding a BO in the exchange for a low price/get one while lvling or by a rich player who can simply throw out couple of million ECs out of the window to buy it.
If just looked at the pure speed without any ability or consumable, escorts/bops will always be much faster/get away from cruisers/sci-ships. even if an ability is used: i would guess, that every escort has at least 1 APO to negate it.
Still boils down to experience, not a learn to play sort of exeprience, but as I said knowing what to do, when to do it, how to buff it by equipment, DOffs and BOff ability.
Playing to one's strengths while adapting to lessen ones weaknesses is not unfair. Like anything in life it takes effort to learn and the drive to implement it correctly.
Not to belittle the fact that many bugged and downright OP items do exist that can tip the balance in ones favor.
Luck of course is always a factor.