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First question --> Tires change dramatically (even week to week) in MotoGP so they need to account for that. Also, tracks change, weather changes, etc. In addition, since MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle development they are always upgrading equipment so chances are, the forks this year are pretty different from last year (at least internally). In MotoGP, if you're standing still development-wise, you're getting passed.
Second--> From what I understand, the gas charged forks are like active suspension : when they feel a force they counter it with a measured opposite force. While physics-wise this is the same as a traditional fork, in actuality it isn't. Think of it like this : A traditional fork is like an NFL offensive lineman pass blocking, his job is to soften the charge of the defender and then stabilize. The gas charged forks are like the same lineman, only on a run play. His job is to blow the defender off the ball in a forward motion. It's a loose metaphor, but you get the idea. Having ridden traditional forks your whole life I'd imagine it'd be tough to switch.. my guess is that the front end feel is very low.