MotoGP » Kevin Schwantz - Q&A (Part 2).


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Can hardly wait! - Unregistered

August 21, 2009 6:28 AM

I'm curious to see how well Ben's "strong arm" style of riding, which is quite impressive on a superbike, will carry over to 800cc GP bikes. He just might not do as well as a lot of us are expecting.

Jiri Simek

August 21, 2009 9:06 AM

Well the difference is quite big in fact! Valentino has gone through the two-strokes (125cc & 250cc) and learned how to handle a really light machine with excellent brakes. On the other hand Ben has never ridden a two-stroke bike, but rather raced the heavier production bikes such as the GIXXER. Kevin is right that it is a tough call to judge what Ben is capable of on a formula(MOTOGP bike) which is so much different from the bikes he has been riding for all of his life. Anyway, I am pretty much convinced he will do well! GO ELLBOWZ :-o

fabbio - Unregistered

August 21, 2009 11:31 AM

My opinion is that ben spies in motogp wouldnt be one of the top 3, he race the bike too much phisically, and that doesnt seems to be the right way.
maybe if he would change his style a bit.... but me too not too sure he would shine that much in motogp.

Gringo - Unregistered

August 21, 2009 12:05 PM

Either way can't way for him to have a go, he's miles ahead of the comp(sorry Nori) in WSBK..
Come on Ben move at the end of the season...on a factory spec Tech 3....

RawDawg

August 21, 2009 2:00 PM

yeah Ben wasn't a 2-stroke racer but he has always ridden a superbike with the TC and elctronics and never developed a sideways style of riding so I think he could adjust just fine.

nick - Unregistered

August 21, 2009 2:22 PM

um, Ben has raced 125cc and 250cc two strokes in his early career as kid before he raced with the ama. you guys need to do some research before posting. if you look at the way he rides you can actually see that he has a 250 style of riding. he uses all the track and takes wide lines to maximize corner speed, how do u think he won the race in Quatar when the other bikes clearly had more top end? anyways, he will be in motogp next year and will do fine.

RawDawg

August 21, 2009 2:35 PM

clarification - he isn't coming from 2-strokes in GPs but he'll be ok in MotoGP.

Hayden also raced 250s as a kid but it never translated to the AMA. Of the current superbike riders in MotoGP I think only Colin raced 250s professionally.

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