MotoGP » Ben Spies - Q&A

An interview with Factory Yamaha MotoGP star Ben Spies conducted by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, venue for this weekend's eleventh round of the 2012 championship.

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ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 3:42 PM

hey, i am from spain, and i hate trash and patriotards, dont mind if is from europe or where... (maybe you never see a De Puniet fan like me) and i like SOO MUCH Spies, i am with him because i am seeing him since at least 3 years... he is pure talent,

i still cannot understand how he feel, but looks like this MotoGP world attitude have could change his motivation... if that is the case, i can understand...

i really feel sorry about this story, not good

remember, thats for enjoy races, if Dorna or Ezpeleta are destroyin "our" world, is not our fault...

AG08 - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 3:50 PM

.... I am his big fan.. But i dont like to turn a blind eye.. I hope his deceision to quit is only limited to the factory yamaha team and not the whole motorcycle world.. I really would like to keep supporting him.. But for that he have to be here in the world stage.. This is where you prove yourself.. I am not an american and cant follow what he does at home and neither can other fans like me.. It would be sad if he leaves.. Please stay....


August 16, 2012 4:14 PM

I think everything will be linked back to the Rossi/Yamaha Deal,The CEO of Dorna made a comment months ago that Rossi would be on a competitive Bike next season and he will be,He must have known something all along.Dorna Need Rossi because he is bigger then MotoGP right now..But he needs to be back at the front next season or the downword spiral will continue(attendance even in Italy was Down)
The Bad thing about Valentino going to Yamaha is that 3 other riders are left in the cold..Spies-Gone,Dovi-Ducati,Cal-Ducati??.
The deal is Good for Dorna/Yamaha bad for Riders hoping for a Factory Yamaha Ride.
I can see why Stoner and Spies are both out and i suspect with Bradl's success this season and more Moto2 riders in the pipeline the trend will continue.

spidey - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 4:33 PM

Ben looked ok when at tech 3, with a potential to be good.

A few years down, he has not improved and thats it.

Im a big rossi fan, but lorenzo had that potential to trouble him and eventually rules the yamaha camp.

Yamaha needs killer riders, not average riders. Sorry spies fans, but I honestly dont know why we make this a big deal. Casey leaving is a big deal, not spies. Casey, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi keep motogp alive. End of story. I miss the 2 stroke days. Enough said. Later

spidey - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 4:38 PM

...and god knows what we have missed with the deaths of two promising riders in Katoh and Sic. They had and showed talent. Motogp would be half as boring if all the top bikes (with factory backing) actually diced it out for the win every weekend.

With that in mind, im happy that Rossi is moving back to a team where he could potentially fill in Stoner's absence instead of languishing in crappy positions.

motogpfan - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 4:39 PM

Ben is definitely one of the smart ones, by capitalizing on his success, to build a solid future... most do not... as for next year, the rumor is that BMW put an offer out to ride in SBK, supposedly he had to sign by aug1 or the deal was off... if that's true.... its the best keep secret - only time will tell... best of luck at Indy, rember " life begains at the end of your comfort zone"

pcxmac - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 4:50 PM

Ben did alright last year, this year has been a catastrophe. I wonder what changed??? maybe the tires? maybe the bike? hmmmm.

you know that rossi fella, he kinda sucks on Bridgestones don't he.

bliz - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 4:53 PM

I'm not convinced Ben KNEW he was leaving Yamaha for a long time. It was more likely
1) Inability to be confortable on the 1000cc M1 and find a good setup
2) The terrible start to the season
3) Pressure and criticism from Lin Jarvis and management
4) Yamaha discussing potential Rossi return
5) Additional pressure from tech3 riders performance
5) Desire to cut losses before self doubt creeps in

It's all moot now given Rossi's return, but I really doubt Yamaha would have looked to Rossi had it not been for Ben's poor start. Any way, all these things conbimed led to this decisison IMHO and had he been doing better he may actually have stayed.


August 16, 2012 5:00 PM

@ RocketR1

I believe you're right. I think for some time now there have been a lot of politics bubbling away in the background with a view to getting Valentino back on a factory Yamaha, and it's likely that the intrigues and schemes have had at least some effect on Spies' motivation. Not the whole reason he quit maybe, but certainly a contributing factor. I think in the long term Spies himself will confirm it.


August 16, 2012 6:06 PM

Lorenzo just confirmed he knew of a possible Rossi return before he signed his new contract,Surly if Jorge knew Spies must have caught wind of it.
Just hoping Ben rides even alittle like his former self for the remainder of the season..but as the picture shows...He doesn't seem to concerned.
As a North American MotoGP fan it doesnt look good to have a rider who can compete for a Grand Prix title in the near future..With no American riders in Moto2 our future looks bleak even with some excellent young 600supersport talents.

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