A little bit o technical among the political statments...
READ: Riding 18 years to the day since his very first grand prix victory, at the same circuit in the 125cc class, Rossi finished fifth on the timesheets. The Italian was 1.035s behind Marquez after his 63 laps.
“The first prototype of the new engine is a small step but it is a little bit better. We also tried the prototype of the new bike. We improved some things, brake and entry is not so bad but in acceleration my feeling is that we lose a little bit. So we have something good and something bad,” he explained.
For anyone who knows about chassis this is CLEAR from 2013 prototype roll out.
And before the SloMos start to rev up on lap times... Rossi's were interrupted by the rain.
What we CAN see is the effort of Yamaha to reverse the 2011/13 chassis bias for corner speed and try to get the ballance Rossi managed to give back to the M1 from 2004.
At the moment the M1 still havent get this ballance, it brakes better than the 2013 but Lorenzo repeated demands for more stability means Yamaha Racing have limited option but to introduce the changes step by step.
As Rossi (and Pedrosa) demonstrated this W-E the M1 is still not capable opf finding the grip it needs to enter the turn hard on the brakes (something obviously SloMos don't want to talk about for some good reasons) and when they try, they loose the front when Pedrosa and Marquez gets the rear wheel of the RC up the air while leaned over. Did we sugged it was related to GRIP some time ago?
Now according to Rossi, it appears that the 2014 goes the same way but that they lost some of the grip they had on the gas with this year's chassis, which they know well and can set up quickly in comparison.
To me it shows that they still try to get the best of both world and make compromises, it's obviously not going to become a Honda but as fasr as i can remember when a Lawson or a Rainey were on them, they could slide their bikes on the gas, turn on the brakes etc.
BTW while we're at it, just a reminder, i can't recall Yamaha having such a bad season apart for two; One when HRC introduced the Big Bang engine and Doohan became so dominant in 1992 before his Assen crash, the other being in 2003 when Yamaha didn't win a single GP.
That's 4 years of development the "250 style" way for you...