..as in 'sudden', is a word that can't really be applied to the Honda..even less so regards Yamaha's M1. 'Evolution' and constant development in the shape of properly tested upgrades.
Pedrosa has never been technically strong. Much of the donkey work for earlier RCV's was carried out by Hayden and Dovi, who always seemed to test new stuff first. Dani was conservative, often preferring to stick with what he knew rejecting upgrades, not wanting to gamble.
Honda, being the innovative giant they are, became frustrated by this steady approach and they weren't winning championships either. Enter Nakamoto San for the 2009 campaign.
His first season in charge saw Pedrosa win just 2 races and sneak Stoner for 3rd in standings. He was 4th best alien in reality.
Nakamoto got fed up with his #1's wishy washy feedback and MADE him test shit. Qatar 2010 HRC brought many different frames and swingarm pieces, in various stiffnesses, and insisted Dani test the lot and concentrate on giving more precise information back to engineers, rather than the 'let him test it' attitude. Who can forget Pedrosa's RCV tankslapping all the way down Doha's 1km front straight?
They worked and they worked. By mid season the bike had direction, Dani started to look good and put together a string of results that had Lorenzo looking over his shoulder..until he crashed in Japan, trying to control a bike with it's throttle stuck wide open.
Nevertheless..under Nakamoto's astute management the RCV was now a weapon and actually went around corners.
2011, the last chance to win an 800 title..a category that was introduced at HRC's behest. It would have brought much shame on Honda had they failed.
They signed Stoner, put 4 works bikes on the grid with seamless shift boxes and pulled out all the stops. The bike WAS fully sorted. Even Dovi came 3rd on it.
IMO..these tests have little to do with developing the RCV prototype. Stoner has demonstrated his ability to take a bike backwards on more than one occasion and always did the bare minimum mileage. He's no test rider.
..not like Rossi, who always works hard to improve the package. It is etched in MotoGP folklore what he did for Yamaha 2004..taking the factory bike from obscurity - without a single podium the year before - to championship after 11 years in the doldrums.
No..it's primarily an exercise in tempting Stoner back into GP with Repsol, which also has the benefit of gleaning direct comparison for the production racer.
If Casey wants to race again, HRC will put a third bike in the squad like they did 2011.
Pedrosa's days will be numbered if this happens. Marquez and Stoner is what HRC always wanted.
Does Stoner want it though?..and will his fragile ego be able to cope if #93, with a year under his belt, starts running riot?