Originally Posted by doyle
The reason for the slip to 95% is that HRC may be a little wary that if Cyril doesn't dominate, then they only reason (as perceived from the outside) has to be a problem with the bike.
That's understandable, and if it's true the rally team is on a short leash they may be limited in their ability to commit to Despres.
But then, it's Honda, not Jin Cheng. If they can't make the new bike stand out soon it will hurt their image regardless.