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I don't think ANYONE knew how strong the Ducati would be right out of the box. I'm thinking that many of the factories felt like it was going to be a development in process. When Ducati came out flyin', the other factories, particularly Honda, was like, "If we don't fight hard and fast now, we're going to lose the Constructor's Award."
So, you see how important this is to HRC. Yamaha on the other hand has had issues from the CEO about how important motorcycle racing is to the company as a whole. The current CEO believes very much that the bread and butter of the company ISN'T in motosports but in its musical instruments/department. The PACE of the M1's improvement is, what I believe, a direct reflection of that philosophy.
They're in no rush to be the top dog in MotoGP, because if they were, development of the new engine, chassis and 800 as a whole would have been much more fierce, rivaling HRC. But as you've seen, it hasn't and Rossi (and Edwards for that matter) are suffering because of it.
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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