Yamaha has no chance of a seamless box this year and we know, Honda have a big advantage with this piece of kit alone..most experts reckon about 3 tenths per lap, although others say a lot more. One thing is for sure, HRC's million dollar transmission undoubtedly has benefits, benefits that Yamaha don't have.
It is rumoured the 1000cc V4 engine is 20bhp up on the Yamaha's unit too.
Combine this with a chassis that we're now told is now easier on tyres and it's not hard to imagine the RCV is half-a-second per lap faster than the M1.
A third of the way in and with both Yamaha pilots working in harmony within a much closer working garage and accepting they have to work with what they've got, the benefits of positive collaboration could be starting to pay off. Rossi's undoubted development and clear communication skills will be a boon to Lorenzo, as will Jorge's advice on helping Rossi adapt to new to him 1000cc M1, a completely different kettle of fish to the old 800 he rode.
Over at Honda there is less good will. Pedrosa has been sniping at Marquez using his settings. He is a worried man and not without reason. Marc is the faster rider already and as we have witnessed all to often during the first 6 rounds, Dani has been holding him up more often than not.
It's going to be interesting..Honda clearly have the best mechanical package, Yamaha have the more accomplished riders working as a team.
Lorenzo is the fastest man on the planet and a couple of tenths in front of an improving Valentino. Marquez is almost as fast as Rossi but has a bike advantage of up to 0.5 sec
I expect to see a frustrated and demoralised Pedrosa go backwards from here, as the pressure from a his team mate mounts and HRC start giving Marquez more say in affairs, grooming him to take over the #1 spot at Repsol.