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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Rolling Chicane - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 11:48 PM

Is Cal Crutchlow the new British MotoGP savior now? Like James Toseland was a few years ago after one decent Qatar placing?

Just asking because sometimes it's a little hard to keep track of the Brit deity of the month.

Spies over Crutchlow....all year long.

Curved Visions - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 6:12 AM

I've been involved in racing all of my adult life and what transpired on Ben's team was inexcusable. This was the first race of the year, your team is at its strongest at this moment, your level of preparedness is unmatched, and you fail in this manner?

What I witnessed throughout the weekend with Team Spies was a catastrophic failure and there is no question that heads must roll. Many on this site have accurately identified Mr. Houseworth and Mr. Wood as the fall guys, and I strongly agree. It's time for the folly to end and it's time for new blood.


April 10, 2012 7:11 AM
Last Edited 1397 days ago

@rolling chicane

is Cal the new British saviour? Well, much the same as you guys in the U.S, us Brits will support anybody from our country trying to make progress in our beloved sport, why wouldn't we? Your post seems to suggest that if Cal was from the U.S then you wouldnt support him based on him being 'yet another rider from the US' . . . . Edwards, Roberts Jr, Hayden, Spies. . .? your argument sounds purely inflammatry.
For the record, I happen to think Ben is a more talented rider than Cal and i'd really like to see Ben in the top group where he belongs. I honestly dont think Cal is capable of achieving what Ben has on his route to GP with his AMA and WSBK success, but I really hope Cal can achieve in GP just as he showed this weekend and he will get my full support. My opinion is based on results, not blind loyalty or the irrational dismissal of other nationalities.


April 10, 2012 12:50 PM
Last Edited 1397 days ago

i have been ben's fan for about 10 yrs i waited to see him kick butt in motogp he hasn't done that yet. instead i see a lot of folks saying he should consider 4th or 5th in the championship as tremendous suuccess and be satisfied with it. i would not be and i dont think he would be satisfied with that. i dont understand why lorenzo wins and ben doesn't ? is it ben or is it his bike? why did ben once say he did not understand how jorge can go that fast? if it's his bike who makes it bad? how of two bikes that are the same one constantly comes numder 1 or 2 and the other for over a year now comes 4th or way worse? can the same bike be constantly worse for so long?


April 10, 2012 1:01 PM

Oh man... this is getting heated already..over in Rossi land he is being begged to retire (to late for that) and here we are saying ben is losing his seat to Bradley,Bradl, my nan after one weekend..
Ben had a 100% Duff weekend no doubt, he knows it, the team knows it and he he has to pick himself up which I am sure he will.

If by le-mans he has not podiumed then it will be looking bad, for now he has 1 bad round (everyone has one a year) (albeit not this bad but new regs). lets see how he goes at jerez before writing his epitaph!!

xxx - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 4:45 PM

Lin Jarvis also talked about Ben Spies: “Except for his victory at Assen Ben's results have been disappointing and I'm sure he's also be disappointed and dissatisfied. I hope that this year he'll be able to do better and be more consistent as he clearly has the potential. Being consistent is everything. Casey won ten races so he's consistent, but Jorge was always there. Apart from a couple of errors he was always ahead and if did not win he was second or third. That's what's you have to do. You need luck and preparation, not make mistakes and be focused. Those are the things that Ben clearly has to work on this season.”

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