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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Yamaha R1 - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 5:45 PM

Disclaimer: I'm a Spies fan.
"In the beginning we were doing good.". WWWWHHHAAATTT????? The beginning? Is he talking about the warm up lap or when he was sitting on the grid with the umbrella girls?????? What the heck is he talking about. The one thing that is pissing me off this year (besides seeing better results from him) is how he always throws in a positive to how he's doing. Come on Ben! That performance sucked. Their we're reasons for it but it still sucked. You were never doing good, but at least you did not crash. Now get out there and do better and stop painting a prettier picture than it really is.

aeolus

May 21, 2012 5:53 PM

Wonder what happened to the Southener and RawRawg? fair weather friends. It seems clear that the riders that went thru the Dorna training routine feeder system have a distinct advantage. They have raced these tracks over and over in all weather conditions. Only the best of the best reach the top. Racing in the US during summer will not prepare a rider for European racing. Ben was lucky during his debut year in WSB not to have
adverse weather. His luck has run out big time and unless there are sunny skies from here on in he is gone.

Md Zane

May 21, 2012 6:17 PM

The Silence from the other side of the pond is deafening.

1 fast lap of a weekend and thats Bens lot.Forget WSB forget Maldin, don't blame the 1000 coz its just a over-bored 800 and certainly dont blame water ingression.

I'm thinking his cycling is the problem,his metabolism is releasing energy to slow,his metabolic rate is ready for a 6 hour work out but a race is 45 minutes.(distance runners and sprinters)

Wacko - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 6:26 PM

I am, & always have been a fan of Ben's! That being said, I am just as disappointed in his performance this year as some of the clueless haters this post on Crash was designed to draw in. Something is not right in the team, setup, rider equipment or? And it is made all the more glaring as all of the other Yamaha teams seem to be immune to it. Some have said there is crash damage dating back to last season and that he has lost his passion for it.

I am not sure if its a source of the problem but remember who was in the booth at Sepang last year for the Race call and when he saw Marco's crash he immediately left the booth! That can't be an easy thing to forget, watching your friend killed right before your eyes. He lives in Italy during the season and simply reading his tweets you can tell that Marco's passing affected him deeply. Whether that is the cause, I like the rest of you, simply do not know! Onward Ben!

moto - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 6:41 PM

Either Spies has a medical issue or there's a conspiracy to get him out.
He is too far from where he should be for this to be a confidence issue.

GP Fan - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 6:49 PM

@MdZane

The silence on the other side of the pond is deafening?!! Get over yourself. There are as many people on this side of the pond who are dissapointed with Ben's performance and currently see it for what it isn't as there are anywhere else.
Ben needs to realize where he is right now and step it up, if he can. Perhaps it's true, he may have just been at the right place at the right time for most of his career up to this point. I would like to think otherwise, but I have to admit it's clear he doesn't have the pace to run with the likes of Stoner or Lozo wet or dry. I wont say he doesn't have the ability to run in the Top 5 though. The guy has talent. He just needs to get his mind right and get out of this slump he's in.

mr G - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 7:10 PM

oh go on then you arm chair racers im sure yamaha will be ringing you asking for your advise and input for the M1 while the regular riders will sit in the chair watch u fail n go on an web site and slag you off...

Look... Does Ben suck right now? Yes. Is he going to loose his ride before the end of the season? No way. However, in the end if he doesn't help them win the constructors or team championship then he should not be resigned. That's the business side of things and Spies will understand that.

I bet if Yamaha drops him Honda will pick him up for a factory 1 year deal.

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