Nakamoto couldn't ride an RCV to save his life, therefore his opinion on charge Casey Stoner's mental state is worthless.
Furusawa can't ride an M1 to save his life either, Yet Bultobitch reckons he's selling himself short and should take sole credit for turning Yamaha's fortunes around in 2004.
Prior to Rossi arriving for 2004, Yamaha hadn't won a title for 11 years..
2003, the Factory team didn't manage a single podium. Checa was best placed rider 7th in the standings with 123pts.
2004 on the brilliant new factory M1 as Rossi's team mate, he finished 7th again with a single podium(2nd) on 117pts.
Furusawa's bike didn't apparently make much of a difference to him.
Everybody knows, apart from the bitch, that it was a close team effort. Rossi rode the bike to success against the odds and many pundits at the time predicted he'd bitten off more than he could chew.
Yamaha, in stark contrast to Ducati under Preziosi, were happy to be led by his development direction and pulled out all the stops to give the man a bike that justified his ability. He repaid that faith in spades. They had not forgotten what he did for them and that is the reason he's back with them today.
The fact that Rossi is considered the finest development rider by those in the know, as opposed to detracting fanboi who's hating agenda has fk all to do with being a keen student of the sport, is the single biggest chip the afforementioned fckos find hardest to shoulder. It really get's under their skin.
This is based on the fact that Stoner only ever won a title on bikes that he'd had fk all to do with. The 2007 Ducati was a great package and so was the 2011 RCV..both of which he inherited.
His results went backwards on the Ducati over 4 years and his results on the Honda were heading the same way.