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I don't know why they need to do the tests before they make that decision.
If they go with the open option, they need to make fairly significant changes to the bike, especially the engine. They'd have to have a revised engine design ready to test by now, or that option is a waste of time.
They need to keep one bike in a consistent state to measure changes against, and get moving on fixing their bikes - ideally, take it back to the carbon frame, and change the engine. The frame changes made improvements at the margins, which could have come from the weight increase anyway.
They won't close the gap to the front runners by tweaking setup, Stoner rode around the problems, and Rossi was unable to. Rossi can ride a bike, and Burgess knows all the setup tricks.
Time for some fundamental change Ducati.