I thought it might be interesting to examine why it is that Honda has had such a dominance over Grand Prix racing over the last few years, and an anecdote from my own experience might help. I have a friend in Sydney who is an ex-GP racer (rode 500cc for Suzuki years ago). He has maintained a strong connection with the Suzuki team and corresponds on a daily basis with members of the team. Not long after Honda brought out the V5 I was at his shop and conversation turned, as it always does, to GP racing. This is what he told me. When Honda knew that the formula was going to change, their R&D Department heads got together and briefed their team on what was needed and design paramaters. Honda's R&D team, by the way, numbers some 360 people. This team was split into 6 separate teams, each briefed to go away and develop a 4 stroke Grand Prix bike. After a period of time they reported back to the bosses with their findings. Each team had explored their own ideas of what sort of bike would be needed to win under the new formula and each had evaluated their results accordingly. Now, the amazing thing here was that, each team had not only designed a bike, computer modelled it and done all the technical, theoretical evaluation, but each team had actually BUILT a bike and TESTED it before reporting back. So the R&D bosses ended up with 6 entirely different designs, fully tested and evaluated, to choose from when deciding the path they were going to take in the new formula. My friend said to me "Until the other manufacturers get THAT serious about Grand prix racing, they can't hope to beat Honda." Scary stuff, isn't it?