MotoGP » Spies misses qualifying opportunity


“We used our tyre a little bit too soon and there were too many damp spots and then the cloud had moved away” - Ben Spies.

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Goforit - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 3:45 PM

Pretty much what I had figured. A little confidence rebuild was needed during the practice sessions. Ben was quite a bit off of the pole pace, but then again, the times were dropping pretty quickly. I'm hoping he spent some time preparing for the race and not the pole laps. He needs a top 5 finish this race, and needs to beat Cal/Dovi, not for his seat per say, but to get him going for the season. Not a great start this year.

Oh, and also, the sky is falling!

DrifterJake

April 28, 2012 4:05 PM

For everyone trying to give Spies ride to Crutchlow already......

Ben first season at Tech3 - 6 top 4 placements with 2 podiums, also 5 top 4 qualifying positions with 1 pole. 6th in final points

Cal first season at Tech3 - 1 top 4 and......... nothing else. 12th in final points.

Last race of 2011 - Valencia in changing conditions, results - Spies 2nd, Crutchlow 4th. (Cals best race of the season and he was still 2 places behind Ben!)

Crutchlow has started out this season well but really, WTF?
Sorry to to bring fact into the debate! LOL

rodking03 - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 4:05 PM

Do any of you read all the subject matter? Why is it when any of the riders speak how they feel, or why they are not where they want to be at the end of the day...it's considered as an excuse? They are telling you whats going on!!!!!!!man oh man dont get it!!!

popcorn - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 4:13 PM

luckily (for Spies) Crutchlow set his time on his second bike or Spies would be more than .480 slower.well done Cal keep up this level of performance against the #2 factory Yamaha and you may be riding it next season.

Don-R

April 28, 2012 4:15 PM

@DrifterJake

That's all very well, but I think you'll find that Lin Jarvis isn't currently looking at what Ben did 2 years ago, he's looking at what he's doing now. This game is all about the improvement quotient and who has - or has not - hit their performance ceiling.

Obviously the talk of anybody taking his ride at this point is way premature, but you can bet that what Jarvis and Yamaha will be expecting from Ben this season is a step forward from last year. Better qualifying, better starts, more podiums, a higher ch'ship placing. That's irrespective of who might be eyeing his place in the team.

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