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Interesting. Laverty is another racer who seems able to communicate good insight into his situation without upsetting his employers and suppliers by saying the wrong thing.
With Aprilia / PBM resources, then developing a bike to compete with a Honda Proddie bike (let alone a Factory bike) is a monumental task. Just collecting and analysing data and translating that into electronic solutions must take months, where he big boys can just throw manpower and resources at the data and extrapolate solutions 100 times faster.
There's SO much data now. That means HUGE demands for data analysis, which has to disadvantage the smaller teams beyond belief.
Yet... RSMick tells us that Marquez could jump on ML's Aprilia and put it close to the podium. FWIW I reckon Laverty & the team have done a great job with what they had. That doesn't mean they had enough to genuinely COMPETE. Virtually no-one does in MotoGP.