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As this poll isn't meant to simply mirror the championship standings, I don't have a problem with Pedrosa being above Lorenzo although I would've ranked them the other way round due to the latter's consistency. He clearly antagonised some people at Sepang, but had it been one of the HRC riders with a championship lead to defend instead, they'd probably have done the same. Many seem to think Pedrosa deserved to win the championship as he's upped his game and addressed former weaknesses. He was chasing while Lorenzo had to defend, however, and in the end, consistency won. The RCV has also improved in areas where the M1 used to have an advantage, such as corner entry, while retaining its traditional strengths. With hard charging team mates to beat in both camps next year, the fight between Lorenzo and Pedrosa should be good so long as their bikes remain more or less on a par. Yamaha have to improve corner exit but also eliminate the reliability issues which afflicted Spies but luckily for

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