A cynical view?
..it wouldn't surprise me at all if, after being forced by dorna to prove they really had the welfare and good health of MotoGP at heart and reluctantly building the bike, Honda let Aspar have the RCV for next to nothing. Gresini too.
You've got to question their commitment and motives.
Only Two bikes ready for Valencia. Hayden & Aoyama sharing duties on one and a battered Redding pootling around on the other. They said there were going to Five.
Dragging big gun Stoner out of retirement in a blaze of publicity to test the bike, presumably to lend credibility, because up until very late it was looking like they might struggle to sell any of them.
Nakamoto telling us Casey'd got within 0.3 sec of the full blown RC213V, then Suppo grinning sheepishly he'd actually only run 5 laps on the bike?
The advertised performance level is not there. It don't do what it says on the tin. The gap is a joke. I'd want my money back and would be threatening trades description IF I'd spent what we're led to believe stuff costs?
Who the fk commits to a million dollar bike without riding it anyway?..unless it's free of course, maybe..
Honda don't like competition they can't control and didn't like what Aprilia did to the customer market in the old 125 & 250 days, effectively squeezing them out. They haven't forgotten.
Carmelo wants new rules and has had enough of the MSMA dictating. Honda, Yamaha and Ducati realise this and are all running OPEN class bikes next year with teams in which they will have a big say so, in exchange for supplying machinery, to enable a head start with the potential new rules landscape in mind..
Gresini, Aspar, Forward and Pramac are being sponsored and manipulated by the factories.
IRTA has sold out - after whining about exorbitant lease costs - and seemingly flushed Aprilia down the pan at the same time.
It wouldn't surprise me if a joint contingency fund had been pressed into action to lure Dalligna away from Noale either, on Ducati's behalf and to keep the present MSMA trio nice and cosy..
No imminent threat from Suzuki and with Aprilia having felt the combined force and taken a shoeing..job done for the present.
This is big issue politics and appears to be going off pretty much under the radar. It seems nobody in the press is willing to break ranks and question what's going on with any stories either.
It couldn't possibly be a case of "Don't bite the hand that feeds"..could it?