Yamaha do all their work in the winter and bring a new bike to Sepang testing.
Honda are off kilter and introduce next years bike half way through a current season.
Yamaha appear to have closed the gap, albeit at the expense of over stressed engines, but the M1 is virtually new and still struggling against last years Honda..which is just about to be superseded by a completely brand new iteration.
I think Yamaha will make the season's end on 5 engines, catastrophe's aside, because they will turn the revs down and baby them through. This is far less embarrassing than starting from pitlane and taking further units..corporately speaking.
Nobody can deny the impact on results Honda's 2013 bike had, although some soggy toggies think it was Pedrosa upping his game.
Last year HRC had chatter issues, so maybe the impact won't be as marked this year..but my money is still on them stretching a gap they already have.
This is not making excuses, it's looking at results and performance in the cold hard light of day..If any Yamaha deficiency is brought up or examined, the default position for half the wankers here is it's making excuses for Rossi.
As a Rossi fan, it's difficult to have sensible debate with anti-Rossi fuckos most of the time.