That actually made no difference because in the end if Cal had sorted a deal out they would have put Smith out to a another team,BT/Monster and others put pressure on Yamaha and they came up with another offer with was peanuts,you can't work for a employer who doesn't want you!!!.
Re the GP bike,what ever is wheeled out on Monday is just a PR stunt it will have been built by the same bunch of muppets that built the others,the difference between all the others who have been before hadn't worked it out but Crutchlow he realised it's the people building the bike that's the problem.
Dall'igna going to Ducati was known for months it's all the others that are going too that will never make the headlines but will make the difference if your a watcher of the sport you'll see some in the pit garage and the others will stay at the factory,the problem being it'll take time it'll be the end of year(14) at the earliest before you see any progress,there's lot of stuff on the net about the frame!!! the motor needs sorting as well!!.
Re the Panigale that's a different ball game,make no mistake the engine is fast,the problem being with an over square motor it has no bottom end and by the time they have got the motor spinning the other bikes have gone,completly the reverse from the 1198,oddly enough if they took the restrictor out it would be worse that helps the bottom end!!!,what they need to do is build a 1200 version of the 999 which was built of unobtainium and cost a fortune and the rules say they can't do that(yet!!!)
The funny thing about this post,it's not my point of view!! just sticking to the facts.