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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Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 12:12 AM

Blimey, the tin foil hats are out in force.

Spies has pointed out that Yamaha are a bit cheeky to question his commitment when his swingarm falls apart then next race his engine blows.

Nowhere did he say "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me".

Mediocre start to the season from Spies but when he tried to pick his game up he's been let down by all and sundry. Bit sad really.

westerner - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 12:14 AM

I seriously believe Yamaha needs to distance themselves from Lin Jarvis because he is bringing much dishonor to the Japanese company.

Japanese pride themselves on honor and integrity.

Yamaha has always been a very honorable namesake until now.

Lin Jarvis is dishonest and has tarnished the mighty Yamaha name and honor.

Lin Jarvis for your crimes Yamaha sentences you to commit harakiri.

Effective immediately.

Wacko - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 12:21 AM

Though I question whether venting this to the press was the best idea. I understand how frustrated Ben is right now. This has to be horrifically bad press for Yamaha, a gamble I am sure they were prepared to take, given that they wanted Rossi back and needed to create a home for him. But look at the bigger picture here. Spies ,Dovi and Cal have all been screwed by Yamaha now. Dovi, has done all he could be asked to do for Tech 3 Yamaha and he was sent packing. Cal also,though to a lesser extent. Ethics (and morale apparently) are at an all time low in the world of Motogp. It used to be that the satellite team was intended to feed the factory team. No longer I suppose.

WSBKfan - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 12:23 AM

"And now we find out that Yamaha has been dictating settings to Ben's crew for months, and only since Laguna has House and crew been able to do what THEY want with the bike."

Funny how some people commenting here would have called anyone who said a few months ago that "Ben's crew doesn't have control over his setttings" a "crazy conspiracy theorist". LOL.

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