Wise words Bulto
One of the few who actually observe rather than merely passively watching. I just popped into this thread to make a couple of comments only to see you've touched on the same topics.
Although the lean angle TV pictures were a little mischievous given camera angle and track position of the riders. The whole point of hanging off a bike is to get weight low on the inside to aid turning, and by consequence be able to run less (read 'safer') lean angle in a bend. Marquez is extreme in his hanging off. It's doubtful his technique would have worked in the pre electronic assisted days. I recall Doohan dismissing J-P Ruggia's elbow dragging antics as being not suited to a 500 because he didn't have enough of his arse on the seat to control the bike and weight the rear wheel for when the angry bees tried to put the bike into launch mode. But of course saying MM wouldn't suit a 500 is a completely moot point given he is a product of his time and is displaying to us the very epitome of a modern 1 litre 'V' arc technique. Fast is as fast does. Marquez would be fast in any era.
Everything I have seen to date suggests the M1 remains the most rider friendly and competitive package on the grid. Built, as the Reverend mentions, around the smooth flowing styles of first Rossi and now Lorenzo. All very well and good, but is this the fastest way around a track now days? Personally I think not, but of course Lorenzo shows fast sweeping arcs and a sweet steering bike remain formidable weapons. Those Repsol boys work damn hard to bend their RCV's to their will and reap the rewards for doing so.
The media, both print and T.V are by and large myth perpetuating ignorant sheep. Telly needs more Whitham's in the commentary booth and the print media needs more ex GP racers giving post race analysis. Because as it stands there's a lot of dumbed down content out there. Least not from this rag. Look at the nonsense the great Rossi fawnicator David Emmett wrote about COTA being a 'Honda track' for proof. 4kmph was the difference yesterday between the fastest Honda and the slowest Yamaha. 0.2 secs was the best lap gap between the top two Yam's and the top two Honda's. Which I put down to superior technique on a more difficult motorcycle.
There's no Honda tracks or Yamaha tracks. There's only rider preference, rider ability and best compromise set-up found.
I wouldn't rule a Stoner at the Island scenario out. HRC doesn't need him though - especially not with two title contenders on their books. I wonder if the red team won't be making advances though? He should be thoroughly sick of tin tops by October.