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It's far too early to be drawing conclusions as we don't know what the fuel strategies were or how much the different bikes used up their tyres. We also don't know who was chasing a qually set-up and who was chasing a race set-up, and which riders can maintain their pace over a full race distance. The situation will be clearer after the next Practice session, when the times will determine who makes it into Q1 or Q2, and who is in the also-rans. All we can say is that the track is not yet rubbered-in, and everyone is suffering from the lack of grip. When grip improves the Ducatis will find their understeer leaves them lower than todays listings. Meanwhile, Pedrosa's Honda looks to have some turning-in problems. The Yams appear to be sweet handling as expected, and I am left wondering if Cal's Tech 3 bike is a lot nearer factory spec than they are letting on. Duc are giving satelite teams factory bikes to speed development, so could Yam be secretly doing something similar ?

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