MotoGP » Jarvis: Ben Spies has learning year ahead

Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis believes WSBK champion Ben Spies can threaten for MotoGP podiums in 2010, but fears old rivals more.

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Kostek Darkovic - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 11:34 AM

Ben and Valentino on a Ducati in 2011 please.

Place Nicky on the Tech-3 where he belongs. (No wins for 4 years).

Jorge can go to Honda with Dani for some Spanish fireworks. Nothing better than seeing two great riders in the same team.


February 04, 2010 3:03 PM

Rossi has stated that it's him or Lorenzo at Yamaha in 2011.

Yamaha has already shown that it is willing to follow Rossi's requests and Rossi has shown that he isn't going to back down.

There is no reason at this point to believe that Jorge and him will be in the factory Yamaha team in 2011.


February 04, 2010 5:06 PM

Yamaha should attempt to make all four bikes as equal as possible. IMO it is not that Rossi wants Lorenzo off Fiat Yamaha, but that he wants no rider his equal on the same machine. Call his bluff to leave for Ducati by putting Lorenzo on an identical Tech 3 Yamaha for 2011. Or let Rossi have his own one-man team. It is Yamaha's interest to keep all their riders, if all four bikes are equal it will make little difference what rider is in which garage.


February 04, 2010 5:42 PM
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Ben is going to do what Ben does. Smart guy. He is not going to go out there and do something stupid.

Only a fool would think they can go to MotoGP and start kicking that ass.

He unlike some of these so called race fans knows the task at hand and will go about it with a cool, calm, smart approach that has him winning 4 consecutive championship.

2010 is going to be a learning year for him. New tracks, new tires, new bike. Only a dummy would expect him to go in and start winning races.


February 04, 2010 6:04 PM

Jarvis is just being sensible here and guardedly optimistic about Ben's future. After all, the Sepang test is the first where Ben will actually play with settings and I am curious to hear his comments after the test.

Too bad Tech3 still has that ugly color scheme, but at least the Fiat Yamaha's look crisp this year.

gump1376 - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 6:17 PM

I'm really excited to see what Ben Does this year. It's going to be interesting to see how the difference between the "Fun Team Texas" and the factory team work out. If the first test has anything to do with the actual season (and I know it normally doesn't) then it would be great to see Colin mixing it up at the Front and helping Ben move up the learning curve quicker. It's also good to see Hayden where he is right now. I know he's testing two different types of fairings in this test but it's good to see him in the mix.


February 04, 2010 6:48 PM

Yeah I do not understand all these comments about this first day of testing for all these guys can have any bearing on the year to come.

Honda riders are surley working on bits and pieces. Not going fast. Ducati with the new motor and a long list of hard parts to look at are trying different bits and aquiring data.

As far as Ben Spies I will take the man at his word. This is his first day actually making adjustments to the bike. Take into consideration he is continuing to work changing his riding style and trying to aquire data does not lend itself to fast lap times.

I would be suprised if part of the plan is to go faster tomorrow but all the while trying to work on bike settings.

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