Lorenzo won the starting-line drag race but was left behind in a hectic Turn 2 push-and-shove as Honda’s Dani Pedrosa took the lead. Was this it? Would this be another of Pedrosa’s signature lead-and-leave wins? A year ago, HRC VP Shuhei Nakamoto had told me, “Next year, new concept!” and this Honda is certainly faster than before—but at a cost in stability. We are used to seeing the smoothness of Valentino Rossi’s and Lorenzo’s mature Yamaha M1s, and this year, to Nicky Hayden’s betterment, the Ducatis have smoothed out. But as Pedrosa accelerated off turns, his front end jerked up, stabilized, then popped up more an instant later. All its motions were choppy. Didn’t Honda hire away Yamaha’s key software writer, Andrea Zugna? Where is the rate-sensing wheelie control, then?