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Same old crap getting posted here, again!
What did anybody else achieve on a Yamaha in 2004?
Checa managed a single podium finish and Melandri got two thirds on the M1 after which his season disintegrated. Compare that to the year he had on the V5 after he'd switched teams.
Rossi made the difference in 2004, whether he's a great development rider, or not is hardly relevant to his results that year. The bike Yamaha turned up with, based on what the feedback Rossi had given them for the 2005 season, was perhaps the best bike on the grid. Remember, it's the engnineers who do the developing, i.e: seeking improvement in lap times by refinement of the machine's design based on what the riders tell them. Ducati, were then and are now, simply unable to pull that trick off. For whatever reason.