MotoGP » More race misery for 'blind' Ben Spies

"I couldn't see anything and decided to come in because I need to see where I am going" – Ben Spies.

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Vtwin60 - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 3:55 AM

I find it hard not to think that Yamaha's factory team is purposely turning the screws on Ben's career. We know he's not in the same league as Pedro-Bot, Stoner, Rossi, or Lorenzo. We do know he is as talented if not faster than Crutchlow and Dovisioso. He demonstrated he can ride at this level while at tech 3, now after last year and having sucess at the factory team level, he can't even beat crt riders? Come on Yamaha quit playing games with the kid. If you don't want him, don't destroy his career, at least give him a bike to beat the Ducatis with.

goofballs - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 5:44 AM

What a bunch of goof balls! Spies almost crashes hitting the same oil/water patch that took out DePuniet and almost took out Hayden and everyone on that side of the starting grid. He saved it but smacked his helmet visor hard on his bike's fairing, letting water pour in.

Now that's not bad luck, is it? I've been watching Spies struggle with bad luck since his WSBK days, with broken bike parts, running out of gas when he was leading, getting taken out by fabrizio and biaggi, the list goes on and on. The one thing I can always count on is that he never gives up.


May 24, 2012 2:47 PM

The Yamaha crew are brilliant, they will always listen to their riders, but it's a shame they're being let down by a rider who refuses to adapt.

Honestly I think it would do Ben a whole lot of good to race on a Supersport or Moto2 bike, he'd probably get rid of the bad habits he's developed over his career which are currently killing it.

ooo - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 3:23 PM

Bennetts Insurance:
According to insiders, Yamaha have already told @benspies11 that he no longer has a job for next year, apparently he's talking to Ducati.


May 25, 2012 7:58 PM
Last Edited 1357 days ago

it's unusual for Yamaha to run out of patience so quickly with one of their riders, but when they're underperforming by a ridiculous amount like Spies is currently, it can only be expected

I'm glad Yamaha aren't making any needless concessions for Ben, despite his rabid and unreasonable fanbase. Yamaha have a lot of financial problems currently, and with no sponsor, they cannot afford to have a stubborn rider that's too scared to ride with a setup that requires a more front end approach.

Looks like Ben's name will go down in history among Toseland's and Edwards' - just not good enough.

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