MotoGP » Luckless Spies hopes to eradicate tyre issues in Italy

'Having found something that worked on Sunday we were then unfortunately compromised by a lack of side grip so were unable to ride to our full potential' - Ben Spies

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Md Zane

July 11, 2012 1:02 AM

Cal's talking Ducati because he knows he's out of the picture for the M1 so no point in even thinking about Bens seat,If Ben cant turn it round this year I could see Dovi there but I'd still put it 60/40 in favour of Ben.Rossi could go back with a big sponsership deal (Audi:) )70/30.

Any way only a third of the way through the season so plenty more racing to do before decisons/contracts are made.

Wacko - Unregistered

July 11, 2012 2:51 AM

The one really getting the shaft is Hayden. He has, in practically every measurable way out ridden his team mate, just like he did at Repsol, only to be kicked in the teeth by Ducati. Anybody read the Ducati article on Soup today? If anyone takes Ben's ride I hope its Nicky. It would be a travesty to see him pushed out of Motogp after all he has given to the Sport.

Mad Phil - Unregistered

July 11, 2012 9:23 AM

Anyone that reads Superbikeplanet and takes the writings of that blinkered muppet seriously,should get their head read,and as regards Nicky,lovely guy,really like him,but he can't complain-10 years on factory equipment arriving in Gp's with nothing more than a AMA Sbk title(when he had a big machinery advantage on the Rc51)Would love to see him go to Wsbk,maybe partner Jonny Rea,would be good viewing..No shame in moving to Wsbk,it's where the real racing happens,Nick would love it..

liamm78 - Unregistered

July 11, 2012 10:22 AM

Ben is a great rider, but is not doing enough to keep his seat at Yamaha on merit. His funding and his speed are keeping him with the team, but its going to be up to Yamaha whether or not that is enough.

In my opinion, Crutchlow would be my number one choice, regardless of amount of podium positions in comparison to Dovizioso, for his relentless pursuit of winning. Spies may have the ability to be a faster rider, but the factories want results, not promise.


July 11, 2012 11:04 AM

@Mad Phil WSBK is where old racers go to die and new racers try to make a name for themselves. No matter what fans of the series may think history show that riders consider the move from WSBK to MotoGP to be a step up. It's equally true that riders move the other way when they can no longer cut it or can't get a contract in MotoGP.

As for "real racing" there is more margin for error on superbikes so mistakes aren't as costly, as such riders can take greater risks and get away with it when they don't work. MotoGP on the other hand does not allow mistakes. As such the joy to be had in watching MotoGP is in watching real masters at work. You can draw an analogy with football. A game in League One might sometimes have more action than a permiership match, but the quality of the football is not up to the same level.

Mad Phil - Unregistered

July 11, 2012 11:30 AM

@Cammyspop...I wasn't comparing the engineering or purity of purpose merits of either championship,but you must agree as a spectacle Wsbk knocks seven shades out of MotoGp at the moment,regardless of whether its Wsbk Ss600 MotoGp or Moto2/ good racing is good racing,and yes the machinery might be more 'forgiving',but that's relative,the Wsb bikes are still being pushed to the limit of the laws of physics,it's just that their physical capabilities aren't as high.


July 11, 2012 1:12 PM

Actually I don't agree. In my footballing analogy I would rather watch top players displaying their skills for half the game than a bunch of third raters working up a sweat for 90 minutes.

Likewise watching the likes of Stoner or Lorenzo riding alone at their best than watching the WSBK guys bumping and boring.

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