Originally Posted by Flood
CdP already has a new contract in his pocket, I'm 100% sure. So he was in a position to try and see how much KTM would offer him to stay. Only last week team boss Pit Beirer said publicly (on speedweek.de) that "Despres is gambling high". Going public while being in negotiations is a pretty brutal step, that interview was the first indication that things wouldn't turn out well for a Cyril/KTM future.
Internal team politics played a significant role in Cyrils victory this year..........not just with Ruben, but all KTM team riders including those from ZA, Polska and Chile
Team harmony is likely to have played as big a decider as $$