Le Mans is arguably more a Yamaha track than Jerez.
Rossi was on the rostrum there both years he rode for Ducati.
Qatar was a great result for Yamaha. Austins results were expected-ish. Better for Cal, worse for Val, par for Jorge.
Jerez, Yamaha were hoping for better results, no doubt, but all riders pointed to the Bridgestone front saying the hard option was too soft in the heat. An anomaly?..possibly.
We know Rossi still has what it takes to be competitive but, Qatar aside, he has to be a little disappointed so far.
We also know the RCV is a great package and has advantages in certain areas..but that don't mean the Yamaha is uncompetitive like Lorenzo said on Sunday.
You'd hope, given the flak Bridgestone copped at the weekend, they will get their tyre choice spot on for France.
If they do and Yamaha are a way off, with Rossi in particular struggling, it looks like it could be a very long year for all concerned.
If they do better, as they need to, it will re-ignite the riders championship..which is what we all want to see.
I don't think many of us, whichever colour pants you wear, particularly want a season dominated by technology and the bikes.