For Yamaha the future is now. They are the team to beat at the biggest race of the year for any Japanese manufacturer. With their trio of rirders-Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark-all having said in the immediate aftermath that they would love to defend their crown in 2018. Sometimes meeting expectations can be difficult when you are expected to win. Lap records and flawless execution will however quieten even the harshest of critics. Crucially it also wins support from the upper echelons of the Japanese manufacturer's boardroom.