I'm not saying i have it completely right, just kicking ideas around here, but from what i understand the frames that everyone will use next year are similar in size to this years as all the bikes look the same as they do now, so testing it now can help for next year in terms of finding any way to get it to work. So it seems like they will spend the rest of the year trying new things, (like new stuff for the front or a change in design of the front subframe) with the CF before trying a new approach. The improved front feeling, seemed to be put down to the 1000 engine and riding in a different way compared to a 800. I think they said you could load the front better, and also the fact you dont use as much corner speed. Apparently the way Stoner carries speed through a corner is different to how most or all the other guys ride.
For a while i also wondered if going to the GP11.1 was the right idea, but the team said the main things were fixing the pumping, and also the way the bike responded to setup changes, it becoming more predictable in how it reacted to changes. However that doesnt seem to be the case again recently. But this weekend might just be an exception because of the new surface and the way the tyres worked for different teams. Im not sure if Misano will suit the bike any better.
Also on some interviews on other sites Rossi says when he pushed the bike more he was losing the front. You cant just push the bike right out of the box, you need to have the right setup first. In FP3 Rossi did a 1min40.6 or something and he never got back to that after he crashed in qualifying. Like you said loss of confidence from not understanding why it happend.
What i cant understand is, the closest Rossi has been to Stoners fastest lap in a race on a good day is 0.6 and that seems to be their limit of a good setup and him having confidence to push the bike. Going past that then would see him crash, so I dont see where they can find that time purely on setup. More parts will be needed to help with the front end sticking. Being more physical on the bike clearly doesn't help, as RDP has been nowhere this year and we saw him challenge Lorenzo for pole a few times last year so he is capable on a one off lap. Simoncelli neither as i believe its more of a front end feeling thing, so how can you push the bike and find the limit if you cant feel where it is.