MotoGP » Ben Spies apologises after ‘pathetic’ race

“I didn't have a good feeling with the bike, it was a pretty pathetic race really for me” – Ben Spies.

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May 01, 2012 2:45 AM

spies bike at qatar was suffering chatter like ive never seen before , it was totally bouncing to bits .
i'm not sure what happened at jerez but it does seem that something is just not right with his bike.
2 bad results from a bike problem does not spell bad rider.

John - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 2:58 AM

Don't see why people are putting Rossi in the same bracket as Spies. Rossi won titles on that bike, the only time he was running around 10th or lower was if he crashed and remounted.

Barely beating the Crt's on what is indisputably one of the best bikes on the grid is disgraceful. There are about 4 top rider's (Hayden,Rossi,Crutchlow,Bradl) who are licking their lips at Spies's failure.

Dovi has no chance, he's not a fast rider at all (obviously relatively speaking)


May 01, 2012 3:23 AM
Last Edited 1465 days ago

Which particular question reflects insecurity? I asked if you would be happier if all the Americans were removed from the grid and even went on to explain that I was using this question, as a gauge to the depth of your hate and its source. A valid question, which the majority of posters here are rather clear in their opinions. Some believe that Cal, Dovi, or Bradl would be great in Spies seat, while others support Spies and some others do not like Americans in general. So my question was and remains valid. There is nothing insecure about being up front and asking a question.


May 01, 2012 3:39 AM
Last Edited 1465 days ago

Further breaking down your previous assessment of Spies and his merely fortunate results, that were only due to his weight. How do you explain Indianapolis 2011? The track temperature was high, nearly entire field had problems with tire degradation, and yet Spies finished the race with tires that looked like new, as did Stoner. Would his weight have not pushed the tires into the pavement, more than that of the lighter riders, and therefor advance his tire degradation? It certainly worked against Marco Simoncelli, a larger rider, whose tires were worn to the point that he nearly finished dead last of those running at the conclusion. So please explain what divine intervention occurred in that situation? Once again, your tidy little theory does not quite fit, does it?

Usaracer - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 4:00 AM

Confidence-- if you guys watch QAtar right before Ben crashed he was 0.00 off the pole on his lap. Then he was pushing it again on a good lap and off gain. Two fast laps= crashes. I don't know if anyone here is even a racer but as racer I can tell you it can take a while to gain to confidence in your front end. It has taken me weeks without crashing before I can push 100%. If anyone who has actually raced and crashed knows what he is going through. Mark my words right now, if he doesn't crash next week , he will start getting more confidence then the following week hell be back up there. Spies pushing at 100% is as fast as the Aliens, noone else is. I love Cal his aggresive style is awesome, but at 100% there is noway he is better than Spies.

DC - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 4:25 AM

It's pretty simple what happened really. They didn't have a really good setup from the FPs during the weekend, and when they had to make changes to get better for a dry race (having the warmup in the wet didn't help), the crew guessed WAY wrong. Ben just isn't throwing them under the bus.

That's my take on it.

DC - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 4:30 AM

Cal was also marginally out of control in the early laps. He's VERY lucky he didn't take himself and a couple other riders out with his turn 1 antics.

Alpha Romeo - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 5:41 AM

Probably, Spies just pay too much attention on Rossi situation. And with that come to the race day those attention get on to his mind that he was riding a Ducati instead of a Yam.

Just Relax Spies, You're on a Yam :-o

roadking03 - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 5:59 AM

Not going to make excuses for Ben, but being an american I am bummed out that he is haveing issue's whatever they might be...BUT I believe alot of riders haveing problem with chatter...I think they should go back to the old days,of useing the tire manufactures they prefer...just my opionion

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