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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meatlovers - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 11:00 AM

this season so far for ben spies is very unusual
something is gone wrong
i just wonder if there any conspiracy to throw him out of yamaha motogp

i can see a very odd situations going on him
**** happens, but it doesnt happen all the times like he had

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 11:07 AM

i think it must be a confidence problem - all his career to date Ben has been the best. He bettered Mat Mladin and he was head and shoulders better than anyone in WSBK, but he gets to MotoGP and finds that Jorge Lorenzo is just better than he can imagine.

He will have had personal targets, which will have included stepping it up each season - he obviously wanted to keep stepping it up, but I presume his confidence has collapsed so now not only can he not compete with Lorenzo, but he can't compete with Dovi or Crutchlow either.

A shame because his past results show that he is a much better rider than this seasons results to date.


May 21, 2012 11:11 AM

Well we're just under a quarter of the way into the season and the problem for Ben now is that the more disappointing results he turns in, the more spectacular and impressive his later results will need to be to offset them. And that's looking like a mighty big ask at the moment.

Even if you attribute all the problems to bad luck, as Meregalli implies, no factory team is going to want to retain such a persistently unlucky rider. It's really now a question of whether Ben can turn it around before Jarvis finally makes his mind up on him (if he hasn't already).


May 21, 2012 11:17 AM

Ben seems to have lost his fighting spirit, maybe hes scared of crashing, hell I would be. If he does not get a good result in the next dry race, at least beating one of the Tech3 guys, his days will probably be numbered as a factory rider.

tomcol - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 11:55 AM

I think Strex is right. Hes scared of crashing not because of personal injury but because it would mean a non result. Happened to Crutchlow last year. Crashed too often and no results.
Anyone noticed anything else about him ? Doesnt stick his elbows out anything like as much and that too suggests that hes not confortable or confident. The big problem is that it can take a long time too get the feel back. Toseland never did. And Ben hasnt too much time left as a works Yamaha rider unfortunately.

mark - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 12:06 PM

Dont quite understand whats up with Ben. Im recalling a fairly bad fall he had towards the end of last season where he hit his head hard, helmet was destroyed. Im wondering if he may have some medical issue, or maybe even lost his nerve. Really surprised... Ben has been way better then this. If he doesn't pull it together in the next couple of races...

Oli - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 12:20 PM

Not Spies biggest fan, but lets calm it down people. This is a glitch, not a career demise. The guy is a class act and he'll turn it round.

He is not in a league with Stoner or Lorenzo, but no one is, apart from Dani once in a while, and even Dani can't do it often enough to seriously challenge for the title.

Everyone else on the grid is certainly within Spies's abilities to beat. He's suffering with a bit of a confidence knock clearly, but the guy is a fighter.

I'd like to think Yamaha is a smart enough company to know that form is temporary but class is permanent. If you can beat Lorenzo in a straight fight on the same bike (which Spies did a couple of times last year) and win a dry MotoGP race (no other non-alien managed it in the 800 era) then you are good enough for a works ride.


some1 - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 12:37 PM

I think Spies were overestimating the 1000cc difficulties. On 800cc, his slow race start could still be recovered by the the light and nimble Yamaha. On the 1000cc, the power/weight ratio were a little bit mismatch with the 2012 rule. Too light to ridden like a SBK bike and too heavy to be ridden precisely like a GP bike.

On the last test at Brno, Spies could consistently string bunch of fast laps. When they test at Sepang early this season with the additional weight, it take a while for Spies to do a fast lap like the other top riders. Basically, the 1000cc require an extra push from the rider while maintaining the precision.

Spies definitely need to go fast from the get go since everyone else on the prototypes were faster too or improved their experiences. With Crutchlow improved significantly, it's pointing Spies problem may related to the rider or the team that could adapt to the new bike fast enough.

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