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Ben undoubtedly has more talent than was on show in 2012, but there can be no doubt that his stock dropped heavily this year. The exact words used by the senior Yamaha employee may be harsh and telling someone you've lost confidence in them may not help, although it would spur some people on to fight back and prove themselves and that could be exactly what Yamaha were trying to do - either way the situation needed bringing to a head. The reality of being paid megabucks is you have to deliver and excuses will not suffice. This is the real world and is the same in any sporting or corporate situation. Having said all that, I hope Ben can turn it around as he is a much better rider than we saw this year and good luck to him - he may need it on that Ducati...