Where is the sense? If we look for it in basic engine architecture, we will find almost nothing. If we look instead for trackside experience, we find a lot more. No one has more up-to-date racing experience than Ducati, and Aprilia is not far behind. Spies and crew chief Tom Houseworth had dominated Superbike racing in the U.S. with Suzuki, and on the world stage, Yamaha gave them what they needed. BMW is playing catch-up in experience, and it shows. Had the team simply bolted on Marelli throttle-by-wire, their race results might be better, but the company’s insistence upon developing its own electronics has value, too, as we shall see. And Fours with 180-degree cranks are no handicap, as the first 2010 WSB winners were Suzuki and Honda flat-crankers.