Originally Posted by RichBeBe
You may be wrong for a few reasons. If Yamaha comes out with a new R1 (likely) and decide to race WSBK (probable) there would be no problem for ROssi to slide on over to WSBk for the last year of his contract.
That could be another disaster in the making, getting on an undeveloped first year bike. There is no indication Yamaha has any plans to return to WSBK.
If they do, Vale might want to wait a year for them to get the bike half way sorted.
Also, it wouldn't be beyond DORNA to allow Yamaha to have 5 prototypes if Yamaha wanted to keep Crutchlow.
That would be a win-win for everyone, except maybe Honda.