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red&blue has got it right. Basically HRC are using Gresini and their bike to do extended development and testing of Showa suspension.
Guess who own Showa - yup, Honda.
You can bet Honda don't like that they have to run Ohlins to run up front, despite all their other tech, geeks and budgets.
Plus... any bets on what suspension any 'customer' RCV's that are made available will be running? A pound to a pile of sh!t they'll run Showa with Gresini obtained data.
Poor old AB is basically a Test Rider, who has to test in public on race weekends, and get slated for not being as fast as Bradl on Ohlins/factory supported bike!