Commentator Julian Ryder suggests that the chassis Rossi is currently riding, and which he prefers to the 2017 model, is not, in fact, a brilliant innovation of the moment but is a 2016 quietly pulled from the back of one of the satellite teams’ trucks. And the Honda men are now likely all on the same “Crutchlow chassis” that has resulted from the Englishman’s demanding regimen of development testing. As Crutchlow has repeatedly spoken quite heatedly of the difficulty of riding the shaking, unstable Honda, a predictable response might be that Honda “team principal,” stubble-faced Livio Suppo, would call him to the office and make him stand in the corner through lunch. But no such thing! Instead, Crutchlow’s contract has been extended two more years. Clearly, his criticism has been useful.