omtogpmd wrote: It is well known that the Honda tended to have stability issues and chatter problems under braking and turn in. All the works Honda riders made comments about this at various times during the year. Also Dovizioso commented after the Valencia tests that the Yamaha was better under brakes and turn in than the Honda.
The China race in 2007 was only resolved after Rossi made a mistake on lap 16. Until then the outcome was uncertain, because it looked like there was a chance that Rossi could outbrake Stoner at the end of the long straight on the final lap. The difference in lap times was insignificant, just 0.027 of a second in Stoner's favor.
Not surprising the Honda-riders would want to make the bike appear to be worse than it is.
Clearly you didn't watch China 2007 close enough. My point was exactly that the pace was similar, but it was rendered meaningless bc of Casey's Ducati pulling 50-60 meters on him every time on the back straight. It was clear after Casey got the lead that he would never be beaten as there was of course no chance for Rossi to do anything from that far back. The only way Rossi would have won that race would have been by barging inside of Casey into an apex and pushing him wide losing .5-1second.
I urge you to watch that race a again if you can, it was a nice one.