There are some interesting rumblings. Apparently the HRC representation in Abu Dhabi is very light on Japanese personnel and in fact, Helders bike came from Portugal after his own support included some "personal improvements".
Makes me wonder if HRC is abandoning this version and moving development solely to the new bike due later in the year. Another interesting rumor is that HRC is dragging their feet in procuring the services of Cyril. Word is that Cyril wants to go to Honda, but HRC is deathly afraid that if they don't immediately win, the perception can only be that the bike is at fault.
Seems odd that a team would not want to best rider for fear it would highlight other deficiencies, but that is what rumors are all about anyway.
If true, it would display an astonishing lack of confidence on the part of HRC.