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They know that a new engine is needed, whether it is an 'L' or a 'V' is not the main decision to be made. The whole problem centres around how the engine is mounted to allow the pit crew to make adjustments to the swing arm length, C of G, weight transfer on braking and acceleration, to name a few.
All the pit crews since 2008 have exhausted all the trackside modification possibilities and Gobby has told them all to start from a basic configuration. This will give them 4 sets of data to work from and the Engineers will know what is needed, (as if they don't already know). In 2007 the bike needed a fearless, aggressive rider to make the thing work. They had that in Stoner ( but not Hayden). After 2007 the 'improvement' in electronic aids effectively hobbled Casey and he drove himself into the ground trying to ride round them.