Last year here Marquez was fifth. A look at the track map shows why the Ducatis are fast here and the Hondas—last year and up to now lacking in acceleration—were not. There are two big straights and two somewhat shorter ones, connected by small corners that are mostly close to right-angle. Acceleration and top speed! The Ducatis have plenty of power for that, and the "pointed" riding style that works best for Ducatis works well on those small corners. In the folded "inner part" of the course are two long left-handers that favor the corner-speed style of the Yamahas (and, incidentally, it was those two lefts that made the hard rear tire difficult; the left side was the cold side, and a cold, hard tire works poorly).