Yamaha is considered to be the best handling bike..by who?
Since the new 1000cc class started at the start of 2012, the results don't seem to back that statement up. Especially since Honda brought the 'new' 2013 bike into play halfway through last year.
In the 15 races since Laguna 2012, the RCV has improved out of sight, winning 11 with Pedrosa claiming 8.
The first 9 races of 2012, with the old bike that suffered 'chatter'..the Yamaha won 5, Jorge taking them all.
That's a marked difference. 44% of wins before. 73% after.
IMO Lorenzo is a better rider than Pedrosa. Dani's improvement is not down to him suddenly being better..it's down to the bike.
Marquez while obviously a bit special, is a rookie and is arguably faster than Pedrosa already.
You and a few others don't seem to want accept the Honda is faster, that it goes round corners at least as good as the Yamaha and is the better package. The stats and most without an axe to grind say different.
Like Casey at Ducati, Lorenzo is not getting the credit he deserves..he's done all the winning at Yamaha for the last 3 years. His style is different to Rossi and the bike has obviously been developed with that in mind.
Lorenzo likes a bike on rails which may go some way to explain the bike's increased wheelbase. He doesn't brake harder than anyone else but carries corner speed and is pin-point accurate.
Rossi is the last of the late brakers and likes a more agile, shorter bike he can turn late and hard and fire out on different lines.
To say they are both 250 riders is facile and lacks real understanding.
Rossi's style is far more old school point and squirt, born out of riding big bikes without so many electronics for the last 13 years. He wants a bike that allows him to race and that doesn't penalise if he strays from the laser line.
At this point he is not as fast as Lorenzo and appears to be taking longer than fickle detractors demand, in adapting to the new to him M1.
Crutchlow hasn't had to adapt, he's been riding an M1 in 800 and 1000 guise for nearly 3 years..and come race day, isn't faster than Rossi.
Lorenzo is Rossi's benchmark and 6 races in, he's a couple of tenths down on race pace. Put Pedrosa and Marquez on a Yamaha and I don't think they'd be any closer.
Rossi has proved he's still got it and IMO, will only improve. He's also been vindicated by leaving Ducati, who have a dog of a bike that nobody would be in title contention on and is not getting any better.
I know that sticks in the throat of some around here who called it the other way round..which is why we get so much anti-Rossi shite around these parts.
Know what I mean Bulto?