BackPaddock, you're only as good as your material
and your material has frankly been woeful. You've taken two articles of very tenuous reference (in fact the Roberts thing wasn't even that) and the other didn't even quote JB, and somehow tried to stitch them together into a Lorenzo's all wrong bitch. Not to mention how very wrong you got it regarding the JL & MM altercation at turn one P.I.
These motorcycles are products of their time. The 800's were peaky little rev heads, they needed and demanded corner speed. Michelin and Bridgestone provided it. The thou's continue this due to the grip provided by the 'stones and the electronic wizardry.
Nr.6 may well have been the last of the late brakers a few years ago (he was a lot of things a few years ago) but time marches on and techniques improve. Pedro's addressed a lot of his weaknesses (rain, brakes, passing) and Lorenzo has become better this year at getting the bike off the corner and has become the demon starter. Nr.6 talks about needing to improve, but frankly that's all we've seen - talk. Adapt or die, that's the motto of any sport.
Yamaha have built an evolutionary motorcycle around its nr.1 rider that continues it's tradition for fine handling. Same as every factory has every done in the history of the sport. To say they've taken the wrong path having racked up eight wins 2013 is simply farcical. The wrong path was the first generation of M1 with an undersized engine running on carburettors.
The reason you don't see the things slewing side to side Moto2 style is electronics as much if not more than geometry. Anyway didn't that Brembo press release from a year or two ago confirm Stoner as the man with the biggest lever squeezing gonads. Four finger braking has always struck me as somehow clutzy. Hard to maintain good throttle control with only your thumb wrapped around the thing. Amply power can be generated from any modern braking system with only one or two fingers.
That thinking thing invariably gets you into trouble Wosi. You're best to avoid it.