I agree - which is why I've always said comparisons are pretty pointless, but you have favoured lap time comparisons from previous races / seasons to make a point on many occassions, now you're saying they're not relevant?
You like to blame Honda. Can you name one manufacturer in any discipline that has not tried to gain an advantage from rules, or manipulate rules to do the same? They're all in it to win it, at whatever cost. No-one was moaning about Honda when Rossi was doing his winning with them and their electronic aids. Now they're perceived as the root of the problem
No-one moaned about the Yamaha dominance from 2004.
No-one cared that Stoner wasn't winning on the Ducati in his last two years as often as he was in the first two. They were happy to blame him for taking the bike in the wrong direction - not a murmur about Preziosi being to blame. How things changed when Rossi was there.
The problem with the racing is technology which has slowly but surely screwed up motorsport across many disciplines. To get back to pure racing they should get rid of electronic aids - all of them. The power of the bikes would have to come down to manageable levels which would reduce costs. More emphasis would go onto rider ability. Laptop gurus would no longer control laptimes.
But then you'll have the muppets complaining that the technology is needed to improve the road bikes - because every sports bike rider / bar stool racer out there thinks they need it to go faster on the road, when the truth is they can't handle a fraction of their bike's potential on the track, let alone a public road.
Both Motogp and WSB need to get back to basics, Motogp being protootypes, WSB production based bikes without all the factory parts and electronics. Then you'd be back to a lap time differential that is more resemblant to the two genres of bike.
Motogp in its current format has become a sport for four riders lucky enough to land the plum rides. The rest are wasting their time and millions of pounds.
Getting back to Hayden's test times, I don't really know what to make of them but in cooler, therefore worse, conditions, he has improved his times from his last times at Jerez. Iannone is 2 seconds quicker than Rossi was and a lot closer to Hayden than Rossi was. Make of it what you will but it's better they are going quicker rather than slower.