I would say superior rider and crew, not bike. Look at last year, the GSXR may hav been ahead in the beginning and Corser/his partner were running away. After Corser won the first six races (not sure on the number) then the field started to even out. Others started to win and Vermeulen dominated the second half. With a better setup and with a rider with skills, they were winning. In fact, if Corser hadn't dominated at the beginning of the season, I believe Vermeulen would have won the championship. Toseland was champion a few years ago, not now; maybe he's not comfortable on the honda, bad setup, crew, so on and he is still in third. Ten Kate's hondas are proven, they just need some good riders.