but the Honda had it licked last year. as Dovi got 52 points more than Spies,
No use cherry picking statistics to suit your own argument. They fall flat when Lorenzo missed the last 3 races with injury and still finished way in front of Dovi who was riding the 'bike that had the Yamaha licked'. Pedrosa too. There is no factual basis for saying Lorenzo over-rode the bike's capabilities either - who said so, who's to judge? Both the Honda and Yamaha have their respective strong and weak points and overall there is probably little between them across all tracks.
The comparison you have to make is between Spies and Lorenzo. Reaistically Spies was nowhere near him for most of the season, also, got boxed in a good few times in the first couple of turns and took an age to get past riders you would have expected him to pass quickly. By then the gap to the front was too great. It happened too often. You can be fairly sure that Lorenzo and Stoner in the same situation would have got though quicker.
Realistically, you'd have to say that Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa are going to generally hit the front and Spies is going to have a hard time getting on the podium against those three, injuries and DNFs excepted. As team boss you'd have to be looking for Lorenzo as the championship contender with Spies as the spoiler, maybe nicking the odd podium position and relieving the Honda riders of a few points here and there. No-one on a satellite bike should beat him so he should at worst, be 4th consistently unless Ducati have their bike sorted. Then expect Rossi and hopefully Hayden to be in there too. If they are, he could be in for another tough season.
The team bosses are interested in one thing only - results. If they don't come in season number 2, he'll be gone and that would be a shame.