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The Yamaha may be the best handling back on the grid, but it loses out massively in terms of straight line speed. At one point at Monza, out of a grid of 35 or so riders, only 2 bikes were slower than Lowes in a straight line.
That was very obvious come race day when he kept being overtaken in a straight line. The fact he could still win at Monza with a bike so far down on pace is remarkable.
Perhaps the reason Lowes is doing so well is that Yakhnich have tuned the bike specifically to handle better - it seems Lowes needs a bike that gives him handling confidence, not beans down the straight.
The bike is good, but Lowes is still the main difference I think - the way he rode at Assen and Monza, then dominated Donington deserves more credit than some people with sour grapes are willing to give him.