MotoGP » Ben Spies reveals tension with Yamaha

“I was told by somebody at Yamaha that if I'm not going to ride a hundred percent at Laguna, don't show up” - Ben Spies.

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August 20, 2012 5:25 AM

@west: And just to make sure I m a big Spies fan.. He has been phenomenal in WSBK.. And his first year in motoGP was impressive too..

But why did he struggle in the factory team?? The reasons may be plenty but, I think, it is mainly due to the lack of skills of his crew.. In the tech3 team he did well because his bike was mostly set up by the tech3 boys.. But in the factory team his crew took the prime role and hence his misery.. As to his bike wobbling in the races which were not DNF, it points out towards the bad setup.. Evidence also shows in his WSBK days when his bike failed to finish due to problems such as improper amount of fuel, tool forgotten in his bike... Same happened in the factory team too.. Now isn't his crew to blame???

Maybe he has had less support from the management.. But that doesn't mean Yamaha is putting his life at risk.. So conspiracy theorist, please go away.. I know most of these theorist are Yamaha haters.. THE BEST US FANS CAN DO IS TO SUPPORT BEN AND BE

westerner - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 5:46 AM

@ AYB08 You are correct, Ben's major problems have been his crew and the bike.
Last year the crew were horrible as they are this year. That doesn't include the bike being a POS having it's major issues which have added to his problems.

Yamaha has a direct responsibility of supporting Ben, his bike and his crew.
They are obviously NOT doing a good job. I've explained the reasons why so it is obvious.

It is not Ben's riding ability that is lacking. It is the crappy bike, improper setup, breaking down, etc.

Cort - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 5:47 AM

Ben is one heck of an athlete and motorcycle rider who happens to be a champion. Say what you want but something is not right with the equipment/team or both.

Ben has been professional about the situation, face it he is not getting the same engine components or related hardware as Lorenzo, straight away speeds apear to be different even compared to Tech 3 bikes. The law of physics says for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Reaction, Ben will win in moto GP again with the right factory bike & team.

IRumble - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 5:48 AM

Biaggi claims HRC was sabotaging his bike and was osterized from MotoGP, Hayden won a championship with little HRC support and in 2007 was given a bike designed for his team mate, not the WC, and now Spies and his crap luck. I feel that modern GP racing needs new management to bring some control over the teams, but money talks and I'm dreaming.

wjam - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 5:51 AM

Interesting point from commentators that Lorenzo was told Rossi would be his team mate at start of this season.

What is happening now to Spies is like normal corporate way to try to loose an employee they don't want... They push you till you (hopefully) quit. But some people don't quit and it costs them money to get rid of them via court. This is a risk for the company, but they see it as small as most people just leave. However to see the same thing in motogp is lamentable.

True fan - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 5:57 AM

This is amazing. Ben rides his guts out and has had a run of unbelievable problems that were completely outside his control. And someone says this to him?

Oh well, next year they'll have Rossi. You won't see him put in less than 100% ever. Well, apart from race weekends.

Can you imagine the outrage if Rossi's bike had tires throwing chunks, then a broken swing arm, then a blown motor?

MotoGP is on life support.

westerner - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 6:00 AM


Cal is a good rider but let's not get carried away dreamboy. He won't see a factory Yamaha or Honda any time soon which means he may be headed to WSBK in the next 3 years as the new Moto 2 guys move up and take the slots.

Cal is nobody in GP. He doesn't win / podium and he won't do anything significant.

He doesn't bring in money so he won't get factory rides on anything competitive for wins. After the 2 year Honda/Yamaha contracts expire in 2015 Cal won't get factory rides with them either. Marquez will resign with Repsol, Lorenzo will be Yam or Honda and the new Moto 2 champs will move up into the other factory slots assuming Rossi retires or is no longer competitive.
Pedrosa's Honda job is over after this contract is up.

Honda don't need him and he's not a champion rider.

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