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@ TalentFan.....nice set of posts.
Your points are well thought out and logical.
May I add that Rossi spent a year crashing to find the limits and then stated publicly that the bike was not capable of higher than 6th and he was not prepared to throw it in the gravel trying for higher. Most imply that it was wrong for him to 'not try hard enough', I call it common sense and honest to admit it. (after all a broken bike won't tell the engineers much)
Dovi has adapted to the bike very, very quickly and found that it's limit hasn't changed much from Rossi's day and has said that he will wait for new parts before trying too hard. Nicky, the common factor, is doing a steady job as always.
My view is that the bike hasn't improved in it's capabilities, but is easier (and safer ) to reach them now.
If Rossi saw a chance of a good result he went for it and I do think that if he had been on it in Le Mans he would have achieved the same or better than Dovi or Nicky.
to be continued.