Seeing how quickly Pol (who I was not convinced has what it takes and I may still have some doubts
) has adapted to the pedestrian version of the M1, it makes me wonder what his performance might be like if he had been brought straight into the factory team?
Marquez's accelerated rise was facilitated by Casey Stoner retiring. Otherwise, MM would have been on the Gresini Team and would not now be WC, IMHO.
If I were Yamaha and Ducati, I would be developing my bikes to suit Pol and Iannone. They may never best Marquez, but we know they can bring it to him, given the chance.
If I were Honda, I would develop the Production Racer around Scott Redding for the same reasons.