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Some comments close to the mark but here are the facts.
It's a VERY widely supported opinion in the paddock that the tyre 'upgrade' was a thinly veiled attempt to get the ducati to the front. With the timing and contradictory safety excuses given, it's difficult to believe it could ave been for any other reason given the front end/tyre disparities ducati/rossi were complaining about.
Funny thing is, the very adaptable yamaha chassis sucked up the new tyre with aplomb while the honda rejected it.
It was clear whichever bike looked the strongest by mi-season... well, that was ALWAYS gonna be the deal brokered by those with the power to manipulate the deal for Valentino.