Another thing that Rossi is very concerned about is making 20 litres last for the race.
We saw how the racing was compromised in the F1 opener at Melbourne..and you've been watching the same deal in MotoGP since 2007, It's just it hasn't been on the majority of fans' radar because we don't have pit to rider communication that's broadcast and in your face. Politics in the background.
Espargaro is obviously riding fast..the stop-watch doesn't lie, but neither do the stats that say in 10 years and 140 odd races, he has Zero poles, fast laps or wins and just one podium in all that time.
Aleix is, I think, the biggest rider in the class..and it's no coincidence he's doing better with 24 litres.
Let's not forget..the Forward bike is running the first generation spec Marelli software. No super complicated corner-by-corner code that takes an army of boffins and barrow loads of cash to implement FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of making 20 litres last the race and 5 engines run cool enough so as not to self-destruct lasting around 1000 miles each.
Honda are way ahead of the competition in terms of economy and durability. They have the biggest resources in terms of boffins..so it's hardly surprising they threatened to quit over losing this advantage.
They have now back-tracked saying they were misunderstood over reasons for opposition to controlled electronics.
They also claim to have been led down the garden path about the point of an Open Class - misinterpreting the rules - which is why they lied about the pre-sale performance of the RCVR and built an uncompetitive grid-filler?
It is very important in Japanese culture not to lose face, which is also why Dorna appear to be chopping and changing rules at HRC's behest. They, like most of us, want the Japs to stay as it adds credibility and value to the series.
But their involvement under false rules they bullied through as competitors, for chrissakes..will NOT continue.
Costs will come down, electronic aides will become less intrusive and the grid will become closer with a level playing field across the board.
Only then will we be able to see how fast Espargaro senior is. Sure..he's a second faster than Crusty Colin, who has also yet to win a race in over 10 years.
Do you think MM93 and JL99, given their records are slower?
My bet is they are at least naturally half a second faster..maybe more.
Unfortunately they are being hampered by the very conditions their respective bosses voted in, and thought would keep them out of reach of journeymen like Aleix.