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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Stephen - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 7:40 PM

i think he has tried adapting to the GP top of the top and its working from him because he was so use to ama and wsbk. Unfortunately he didnt have the chance like these other racers to start from the age of 12 racing throughout europe. The style he had in ama with the elbows sticking out did made him go faster. He was just keeping with the average part-time guys noticed the body position of stoner, jorge, and dani? much different and compact.

. - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 7:45 PM

I don't rate AMA either couple of mega money teams and the rest are also rans. The yanks like to slate UK riders who go there but always fail to mention the kind of kit thier riding. BUT

You can't ignore this guy turned up at WSBK not knowing any of the tracks and won the championship, that feat alone was one of the most amazing things I've ever saw.

That doesn't detract from the fact AMA is ****e he's just very rich and very good. Try a different crew cheif.

Guy - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 7:50 PM

What an I say ? I am a Ben Spies fan, but I am irritated he can't even be halfway the big class pack.
He MUST! be in the top 4 on every race consistently, and if he can't fight for a victory at least help Lorenzo who is battling both Casey and Dani by himself.
I know Ben can pick himself up from the ashes though.


April 30, 2012 7:53 PM
Last Edited 1257 days ago

From Mr. T
"No wife, no girlfriend, no real manager and few friends..." CEII made some rather snide remarks re this including I believe JLo, about no gals in the garage which were uncalled for but he could have included Rossi as well but Colin does run off at the mouth overly much and so far he hasn't shown sh*t Ben seems to be heavily involved in bicycle racing and has a buddy as a partner in his burger shack in big D that's not the source of the problem as I see it, wearing my wizard turban in front of my
crystal ball. Ben seems to be very analytical in his approach to problems and would be the last person to come unstuck emotionally. But we will have to see how this plays out. Unfortunately Escorial is not the greatest venue for a comeback.

srshaw - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 7:56 PM

Its definitely a disastrous start. Worse really than Rossi, since you can't argue that the bike is anything other than superb. Probably better than the tech3s.

Ben is a good rider though and I hope he sorts it out. At this level it seems a lack of confidence can really hurt.

quile - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 9:48 PM

It's obvious that Spies is riding the bike at 95%. You can see it. He never seems to be pushing the limits when he is on camera, while you see Crutchlow looking ragged as *** sticking is foot out all the time hopping the rear tire because he trusts the front end. Ben has no front end feeling, hence no confidence. He tried to ride around it in Qatar and crashed twice hard. He has said multiple times, he doesn't want to risk crashing and DNF, so riding at 95% IS his maximum right now. Fix the front end feeling, fix the speed. Period. Same with Rossi.

quile - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 9:55 PM

And about him not belonging in MGP. He was top 4 throughout testing. I know that if he has confidence in bucking his bike around like Crutchlow has been doing, he will beat him every race and even push for a few wins.

He's not mental. He raced for years against Mladdin and beat him. Mladdin is renown for being the same mind *** as Rossi and one of the best that ever raced. Just because he chose to stay in AMA for all those years doesn't mean he wasn't good enough for WSBK and MGP. If he had a good ride in either class he would have been top, but never did, which is why when Ben went to WSBK he wiped the plate clean. He had already been racing a world class racer for most of his career. Not to mention he is the protege of Kevin Schwantz

Etienne Prinsloo - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 9:59 PM

Crutchlow is on the ragged edge the whole time- and he is not in the factory team. Lorenzo is making the bike work, while Spies seeems to be "riding safe". Where is the AMA champion now? The worse you do and the further you fall behind the more difficult catching up becomes. Ben better sort his problems or he will be back in AMA next year.

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