I've no real interest in the MSMA stuff so I'll grant you without argument that your knowledge of that is greater than mine - but you weren't complaining back in 2001 - 2003.... But any fiercely driven person or body that is in a position to pull strings, use their influence, bully and manipulate to win success will do so. We've seen it many times with teams, individuals and riders / drivers. Honda are no different in that respect. That doesn't mean I like it or agree with it. But it's how things are.
I accepted (or realised) years ago that motorsport is very rarely a level playing field and usually, it takes some sort of advantage in addition to their skill for someone to stay on top. Which is why I don't get too hung up on who wins titles or races or care for 'greatest' labels. I remember in previous decades when number 2 drivers were pulled out of races to give their cars to the number 1 if he crashed his or it broke down. Not really fair in my opinion but the way it was.
Lorenzo may or may not be the best out there, it''s too difficult to choose. There was little between Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa last year. I'm not too convinced Lorenzo has fully shed his dummy spitting after Jerez 2011 when he whined at Dovizioso for overtaking him too early in the race... The Honda and Yam both have their strengths and weaknesses but you honestly don't expect either Rossi or Lorenzo to say that the Honda riders have better technique than them for coming out of corners? Of course they'll blame the bike. I'm not saying for sure that it is down to the riders but Stoner, Pedrosa and Marquez are all more dynamic on the bike than Lorenzo or Rossi, so it's a possibility. Rossi has said he needs to change his style for exiting corners as things have changed.
MM is certainly a revelation with his speed but I've always maintained if they're fast they're fast and it takes these guys little time to adapt to a different bike. If that bike is a good one, which obviously the Honda is, there's no reason they shouldn't be fast on it. He's no way a rookie racer, so racing against the Motogp boys shouldn't faze him one bit, they're just bikes on track to be beaten, whatever the formula. I'm still interested to see his wet race form though, given his last two wet weather races last season.
No captain Pugwash for me, I'm just hoping Crutchlow can put in some decent results and also hoping Smith can get up to speed as his test times didn't look too clever, although difficult to know exactly what Tech3 had him doing.