... thanks for the link... interesting... I had missed that one.
MM - "Even if Lorenzo were to lose another engine, he should be able to make it to the end of the season without having to start from pit lane."
So yeah... they think he could also have afforded to lose another engine... they didn't...
Looking at that data rather than the opinions JL had only 1 extra race on his last 3 engines up to Malaysia. He split his other engines to take the load after Assen away from Dani's "more traditional engine strategy" afforded by not losing a brand new engine.
MM - "Lorenzo's biggest challenge may come not from an exploding Yamaha engine, but from the Honda's dreaded reliability. Dani Pedrosa has engines to spare"
OK... a valid opinion... he had 1 engine more than JL anyway & did more sessions on his last 3 than JL, who they've said could have afforded to lose another engine... JL would clearly have had an engine to spare too & enough to cover shelving another, though I'm sure each would have preferred to use their full allocation.
Also, which 2 engines would Honda have not used? Surely not 2 of the last 3 & the 1st 2 did a lot of sessions & races... too many not to use No.3 comfortably surely? Does he actually mean spare mileage in several engines? We know which one Yamaha didn't use. One Yamaha engine did 46 sessions at 15 events including 4 races without blowing up... Honda? 35 with 5 races was their oldest. Prove anything? Yeah, the Yamaha didn't blow with a lot more km's on it because it had to... & the Honda didn't either with less because it didn't.
Thanks again... I am now more informed... I'm not throwing this back in your face, but I see nothing convincing. There is evidence both ways & only one guy won the title... with one less engine.