True on all counts.
Now, re Pedrobot and the "bulking up".......... My memory ( which has been know to fail me on a regular basis.....) with the sticking out leg thingy on entry, .....I seem to recall the first time I ever saw it in the premier class was when Peddy started doing it during his first year on the big bikes........was it Le Mans ?....going into a hairpin/tight left hander.
As he had just stepped up from the 250's, and would (size wise) be able to get a role as an Oompa-Loompa in Wily Wonka's chocolate factory, I ( at the time ) thought it was down to him not being able to keep himself on the bike under such heavy braking.
It looked at the time like his foot was slipping off the peg, rather than a well thought out placement of his leg.
I did note however, that he was quicker into that turn than Rossi, who then seemed to tentativley try what Pedrobot was doing.
With the 800's, PedroPuig seemed to be (was) putting the leg out on purpose, but part of me still thinks that with the bigger bike, it looked somewhat of an accidental/un-intentional occurance.
I have seen no video of the test, but from the still pictures he looks as in control as anyone. Will be interesting (?) to see how he goes, stamina/strength wise with the 1000 during a race. In saying that, even if he does ride it as well as he has been riding the 800, he seems to be destined to finish 2nd/3rd in the championship...........going on his history of winning, then hurting himself.
Best of luck to him.......I hope I'm wrong (usually am !)......but going by numbers.........
I think, like you, Spies is the best bet to step up.........but, by the same token, this would appear to be the year he has
to..........lest he be jousting for RDP's/Barbera's seat for next year