MotoGP » Lorenzo to Ben Spies: Stay calm and focused

“I don't think it's a question of talent or speed... If Ben is focused and calm he can be on the podium and sometimes win” – Jorge Lorenzo.

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July 18, 2012 11:06 AM

I appreciate the fact that Yamaha is giving Ben every chance to save his career with them. Giving up on him just halfway thru the series would be a major mistake.

But if Yamaha of America insists on having an American on the #2 bike so badly, I gotta ask, why isnt Hayden in the discussion?

He's American and more marketable than Spies. Heck, he may be more marketable than Dovi and Spies combined.

What a mess. Basically 4 major bikes up for grabs...

Ducati #1
Ducati #2
Yamaha #2
Gresini (Factory Spec if the rider is good enough)

and a lot of talent vying for the 4 spots


Somebody is going to get screwed.


July 18, 2012 12:11 PM

To me Ben just doesn't seem interested anymore,when he got beat on a superbike it pissed him off and the next race you knew he was going to ride the wheels off the thing too win,perhaps these prototype bikes cannot be ridden that way but it would be nice to see him p&ssed again.
Still think there needs to be a crew shakeup in his garage if he's going to continue..this season is pretty much down the drain but next year I would be looking pretty hard at getting Stoners crew if I were Ben or Yamaha for that matter.

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 12:23 PM

I think you will be surprised to find Factories DO include clauses that effectively restrict upgrades to some of their riders and not others. Has no one heard of the term Team no.1 rider? It's not because they had dibs on the lunch tray!
Oddly enough, there were numerous supported reports of that very thing happening to Lorenzo in '09. He even stated his joy at being able to negotiate same term clauses for '10 regarding receiving factory upgrades at the same time as Rossi, which he wasn't receiving in '09. The grasp on the history of the sport from even a couple of years ago astounds me!
I will try to find the story.

there there now - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 12:47 PM


"Actually the rule makers look very dimly on anti-competitive practices such as contracts that refer to other riders. "

Any rider who has a anti competitive clause in there contract are in fact saying, i cannot win without having an advantage, cheating by other name.


July 18, 2012 12:49 PM
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At this point Ben seems to be unsure of what was the cause of his strange malady that came over him overnight before the race. This could well be a case of nerves or extreme pressure which is far more difficult to control. Hopefully being back on home territory will give him the boost he needs to break out of this rut he is in. If not, he is on his way out. Already Soup is passing along the rumor of a BMW ride in SB next season pairing him with Milandri. Makes sense from a business point of view to BMW.


July 18, 2012 1:06 PM

I have never trusted Spies crew since they made a blunder in last years Portugal GP where they put danger when they left a tool unattended on his Yamaha. I ever think he does need a new crew too because the current guys aint up to the job. The main question does Ben have the guts to tell Houseworth to feck off I hope for his own sake he dumps House yep the Stoner crew is what he should be looking at.

Rich1 - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 1:18 PM

It almost sounds like when Ben Bostrom went to the Factory Ducati WSK team - he struggled. When he went to the satelite Ducati team he actually won some races. Whatever, the current situation is not working so smooth right now.

markg - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 1:26 PM

Im sure that Lorenzo's take is right on the money. The raw talent is definitely there, but Bens head seems very much distracted from the task at hand. I think perhaps a shakeup at his team may help, seems that on the technical side of things there may be some level of complacency happening. Having said that Ben needs to get his focus and hunger where they should be. I agree with one comment made before, when Ben lost at WSBK it really seemed to light a fire under his ass that Im not seeing this time around. Not sure what is up, but the talent is there, somewhere. Needs to resurface.

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