The euphoria of Rossi's win was apparent throughout the Yamaha team who have finally managed to win a world title since Wayne Rainey managed it, which was somewhere back around the time that the first fish crawled out of the sea. But Yamaha have even more to celebrate than just a victory, they have the satisfaction of thoroughly humiliating their hated enemy Honda - not by building a better bike, but by employing a better rider.
Perhaps the outcome was best analysed by Rossi's chief tea boy, Jerry Burgess. "Yamaha make pianos", quoted the Australian, who has made tea (and the occasional vegemite sandwich) for some of the greatest riders of recent times. "Good pianos, but ****e bikes", Burgess continued, "the M1 is certainly better than it was, but it's still a steaming heap of roo poo. It was mainly all my advice to Rossi that won the day. So in a way I'm actually the champion."