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@LCTanner true to form.
Rossi / JB the "development intelligencia". Pure myth. JB's development "genius" at Honda when Doohan was there was to STOP Honda from providing updates unless Doohan had a problem. With Rossi, the same approach until they got the 4 stroke, which happened to be the best in the paddock by far. No development required. As a bonus, special race day hoops, just for the "development genius".
His move to Yamaha - where the myth got legs - took Biaggi's losing ride, which was replaced by a much better package - not perfect, but very competitive. Regardless, development wasn't due to Rossi or JB, and he retained significant race tyre advantage.