GP tech guru, Neil Spalding, writes a piece in this week's MCN rag, stating that the Repsols have 15-20bhp over the works Yamaha.
The advantage Honda have over the rest in acceleration and top speed is significant.
In a race situation, they park it in the corners and zap everybody on the straights..it's a massive trump card. We only have to look at Ducati in 2007.. and Honda only have about half the advantage the Italians had back then.
Yamaha may be able to run faster corner speed and laps unhindered in practice but, it means the pilots have to ride smarter and work harder in the race.
Five first gear corners and Two drag strip straights will put this "Stand it up on the phat part" philosophy to bed once and for all..as if only the Repsol riders are able to cope with such a simple technique.
I don't expext to see GP7 levels of dominance in straightline performance, akin to protoype over CRT..but it will be graphic.
Surprising then that bwin.com have Jorge favourite to win the race by a sliver @ 2.9 over Dani & Marc @ 3.3 and Val the rank outsider @ 5.0's.
Qualifying is almost the same story with the respective odds 2.8, 3.0, 3.0 & 7.0
A little double methinks, MM taking Pole & The Win..means a £1 bet earning me £10 if it happens..beats working for a living, eh?