Ah, no. It's been acknowledged by the riders and journalists as being the hardest bike to ride for a while now, which is why nobody other than Marquez (who 'overrides' the bike) has had very good results on it. Crutchlow has ridden all 3 big factory bikes and confirmed numerous times that the Honda is the hardest to ride. In addition to being hard to ride, it was noticeably down on power during 2015/16 and struggled with rear grip issues. The M1, on the other hand, is considered the easiest to ride. The Honda looks like the best bike because of Marquez's ability.
And Crutchlow has won races on it.
Ah, fuk no. Easier to ride and maximum performance out of it are two different things entirely. How is the Yamaha the best best bike when the M1 struggles at the end of the race with rear tire wear? The Honda and Ducati are faster down the straight and come off the corners better, better acceleration and top speed. The M1’s one remaining trait, that is better, is midcorner, it’s always been the best at that. That’s the only place it has an advantage. On the brakes the Honda or Ducati are just as good, and both accelerate stronger, and have better or milder tire wear. Yamaha was behind last year and they are behind this year.
Hang on, you guys have been saying for years that Lorenzo's championships and the success of the M1 were the results of Rossi's development work on the M1. Now you're changing your tune and saying that in Rossi's absence with Ducati, the M1 was developed solely around Lorenzo's riding style. Which is it? It can't be both. If the bike was developed solely around Lorenzo's 'unique' riding style and didn't suit anyone else, why was Rossi able to come 2nd two years in a row with it? Why would that need to be "pulled back" from such successful development work to produce a shittier bike? I think you're just changing the claims to suit the narrative.
No that’s your game. I guess you don’t read much out of autosport. Rossi left Dude, for 2 years, and went no where on the Ducati. During that time, Yamaha wrapped development around Lorenzo and his riding style. Zarco talked last year and this year that the bike’s he has been on with Yamaha need to be ridden like Lorenzo to get the most out of them. In 2017 he was on the 2016 bike, which was all Lorenzo’s development. Last year Yamaha started pulling away from this and made another step this year away from that. Working to get the bike to match the other mfr’s on the brakes into the corner.
Lorenzo did benefit from Rossi’s development. But that was many years ago. Rossi was doing all the donkey work the first 4 years of Lorenzo being on that team and Lorenzo got to cherry pick. Once Rossi was back at Yamaha after Ducati, no, the bike had already been catered to Lorenzo’s riding style. You are getting 8-10 years ago mixed up with the last few years. Hell even Lin and Yamaha have talked about this a few times over the last year. Say whatever you want about Valentino, cry, whine, whatever. When the manufacturer doesn’t fight him and his team, and they listen and do what he says the bike needs, every rider on that mfr. benefits. He does have a well established history of being an outstanding development rider. Going all the way back to the NSR.
Lorenzo has a unique riding style which doesn’t match up well with the Ducati or most any other rider. If Gigi can get the Ducati adapted to Jorge’s riding style, he’ll start winning races and be a threat every round because the Ducati is a missile. But the Ducati is very very different to anything Jorge has ever ridden. The Italians do the bikes completely opposite of the Japanese. The Ducati is a championship capable bike, last year, even better this year, and Lorenzo is not getting the results on it. I’m not gonna call him shit like people did when Rossi rode for them on that pos carbon fiber hunk of junk. Those times were so ineffective in listening to the rider and team Gigi had to completely reorganize Corse and tell them to start listening or gtfo. So it’s not a Lorenzo problem imo. Ducati need to give him a bike he can ride his way. If they can do that, Lorenzo will be up at the front every race. Honda and Yamaha need to look the fuk out if Gigi can keep making new frames via their subcontractor. Once the midcorner handling changes on the Duck, it’s game over man. The Ducati is real easy on that rear tire, all the while being the fastest thing out there down the straight. The bike is a monster in acceleration and top speed. And the desmodromic valve system uses less fuel than the Japanese bikes use via pneumatic valves. Or as the fuel goes away during the race, the desmo is more efficient in fuel use. Ducati also have the best handle on the Magneti Marelli ecu and software. That bike is going to give Márquez an even match this year, even with Marquez’s superior riding ability.
And if Marc stays healthy, away from serious or career ending injury, and rides for another 7 years, into his early 30’s. He’ll smash all of Valentino’s records. When he and Honda have everything working, he is unbeatable so far. And when everything isn’t right, or Ducati is just a step ahead, he finishes in 2nd on Dovi’s back wheel. I’m no Márquez fan by any stretch but he may be the best talent the sport has ever seen. Time will tell.