MotoGP » Chatter behind Ben Spies Qatar MotoGP misery

“We know the bike is competitive and can beat Honda, we just have to fix mine” – Ben Spies.

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wooow - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 12:23 PM

By his own admission (last year) his 'boogie' circuits are - Jerez, Estoril and Le Mans. I don't expect anything better in next rounds, maximum 4p.


April 09, 2012 12:33 PM

Clearly there is problem there. But who knows what is the really problem on the bike. Very disappointing race not just for ben but for his team and the yamaha. Anyway still the early and a win on next race put him 10 points behind Jorge.

Did anyone see inconvenience? I was just suprise that he hasn't post yet about spies at this time.


April 09, 2012 12:57 PM

Estroil two incidents damaged ankle and the blunder his team made last year when they left a tool unattended on his M1. That in fact was ben's worse finish since he came into GP racing full time on the Yamaha machine.


April 09, 2012 1:42 PM

@yeah right

apples and oranges.

Ben was fast all weekend and showed his pace.

Rossi was not only slow all weekend but has been all preseason as well.

And Ben isn't the highest paid rider on the grid either.


April 09, 2012 1:54 PM

I'm MASSIVELY dissappointed in the way Spies weekend ended. Even after crashing in QP he still was starting 4th and had shown the pace all weekend.

I have to disagree with Don-R that he would not have been fighting for a podium. Spies has been just as fast as Dani if not faster all weekend and Dani was up there. Not to say Spies would have landed on the podium but I expected no less than a 4th.

Jerez is a handling track and should fit the Yamaha like a glove. It's time to put in a good result Benny.


April 09, 2012 2:28 PM

@ RawDawg

Yes, up until w/up he had been faster than Dani but Dani put it together so well on race rubber from w/up onwards that I don't think Spies would have kept his pace, especially as the team never at any point got him comfortable on the bike.

Still, it's academic now. We chalk it up and move on. Recent test data from Jerez should help make it a better round for Ben.

Wacko - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 3:03 PM

At some point Tom Houseworth needs to step up and say "look we(Ben's Crew)own this one"! Last season was a keystone cops effort by the crew in the early stages and this one is starting the same way. The fact that all three other Yamaha's were not only fast all weekend but all finished in the top 5 shows that something was clearly wrong here. If the Chassis was damaged and they knowingly sent him out to race on it then it can't help his confidence much knowing that. We may never know what the real issue was. In the end if he fails they all fail because I doubt any of them would be retained by Yamaha if Ben were to be replaced. Better luck in Jerez Ben!

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