Did you know..that in 2003, The factory Yamaha team failed to podium at all?
Barros on the satellite squad scored the only podium(3rd) for Yamaha, at an early season French GP riddled with retirements. They had six bikes on the grid all year long. Checa was best in 7th, the rest finished 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th & 16th. Yamaha hadn't won a title for 11 years.
Yes..that's the same Alex Barros who is credited for the Yamaha turnaround having identified a peaky engine, down on power. Which is like saying Cal is responsible for Jorge's bike getting a seamless shift box because he talked about it in Australia.
2004..Rossi won the title with nine victories. Factory team mate Checa finished 7th without a podium again. The satellite tech 3 bikes of Melandri & Abe - no slouches - were 12th and 13th respectively in the standings.
Nostro..Do you not think Corse have run countless simulations and have their weight distribution where they want it?
They've done better than that..and built a bike around an engine designed for another concept altogether. They cannot put weight inside the magic triangle Furusawa lectured Preziosi over, without compromising other vital geometric givens. Swinging arm pivot and g/box output sprocket position, swingarm length and wheelbase.
Ducati have let some great riders walk because of their fabled do now't, bull-headed philosophy.
Contrary to popular orange fanboi opinion, Audi realise this too and have started to put different management structures in place that are less dogmatic.