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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westerner - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:30 AM

@ AYB08 you really have no idea what's going on.

If Spies's bike can't finish or run well, then Spies can't take points away from Lorenzo potentially costing him the championship. Yamaha wants to win the championship and they don't care about Spies and they never did. Spies doesn't bring in millions of dollars to the team like Rossi or Stoner does so they want Rossi back even before Spies came to the team. By sabotaging his performance it makes it easier to get rid of him/make him want to leave and open the door for Rossi to come back or Stoner to ride for them.

Do you really think it's any coincidence that Spies's contract is up at the same time Rossi's and Stoner's is?


They plan these things a long time in advance and hope they can make them happen.

The fans, press, etc. don't know but guess what? Espeleza knew. When Rossi was lying saying he's staying with Ducati, Espeleza said Rossi would be on competitive machinery for 2013.

Riders, teams, etc. are under contract so t

Truthful - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:35 AM

Don't put the blame on others friends, if Spies is in this situation, this is strictly because of what he has done on track: finish behind Lorenzo many, many times.

westerner - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:38 AM

last post got cut off cause crash doesn't allow much text.

Moving on. Truthful you are a very delusional person :)

Yamaha HELPED replace Rossi with Lorenzo because Rossi was
getting older,
is an unfair primadonna demanding a wall,
only he get the newest parts,
and is extremely expensive.

Rossi even told Yamaha 'Either me or Lorenzo you can't have both of us anymore.'

Because Lorenzo was competitive to Rossi.

That is why Yamaha got rid of Rossi. He's not worth the ego and trouble he causes. So they naturally started supporting Lorenzo so he could replace Rossi.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Wake up people. Seriously.

sickened - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:39 AM

Absolutely sickening the way Yamaha has treated its riders. First James Toseland and now Ben Spies. They are putting their riders in dangerous positions in which they are likely to be injured. Absolutely shameful the way Yamaha has acted. I've owned 4 different Yamahas in the past and have always been a tuning fork guy, never again. Yamaha you should be banned.

Truthful - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:44 AM

IF Yamaha REALLY thinks what you're saying is TRUE, he won't be returning friend.

It's easy to put the blame on Yamaha, but you're overlooking Spies errors completely, errors that in my opinion are much more decisive to the problem at all.

Truthful - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:47 AM

"Because Lorenzo was competitive to Rossi."

That's a thing we cant say about Spies. I would post some statistics but that would be pointless. Lorenzo has proven on track he's leap and bounds a better racers. You can't argue with facts mate.

Guy - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:50 AM

This is sickening. I'm not showing for Laguna Seca nor Indy next year if there is one.
Ben was the only one fiddling with Dani or being fiddled with radder, after Ben's failure the whole race was over.

westerner - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:54 AM

Truthful, you need to change your name to UNtruthful.

The reason why Spies hasn't been competitive is because his entire season has been hampered with. You must not ride a bike and you certainly have never raced one. I have. I can tell just by looking at Spies' bike and how it moves around corning while Lorenzo's is so solid it looks like it's on rails.
If your bike can't corner, you can't win. No grip = no speed. It's that easy.

That doesn't even include the times Spies's bike completely failed him. What's the count 6 races there were obvious bike/tire failures? The other races you can see his bike not handling at all.

Yamaha doesn't have the money they once did and they don't care about Spies' results.

Admit it 'truthful' you've never raced a motorcycle in your life.

Foolish boy.


August 20, 2012 4:55 AM

@westerner: I think its you who is spinning up threads that do not exist.. It's clear that Rossi was planning a return to Yamaha from a long time back.. And I believe Lin Jarvis wanted that too because of lack of title sponsor.. But to think that he made Ben's engine blow up, you must be in delusion.. A simple electronic handicap would have been sufficient to make sure Ben finishes behind Jorge.. And you know what, it would have been unquestionable as it is the case now..

I think you are just trying to make Yamaha look bad.. Which factory do you support..?? Honda???

Guy - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 4:56 AM

Some here say that a conspiracy theory is stupid, but put it this way :
We were all told by Ezpeleta some months ago that Rossi next year was going to be in a "competitive motorcycle".
Mysteriously Ben's bike breaks down half a dozen times, with that a broken swing arm. How many times that ever happens ?
Both Cal and Dovi were seeking asylum on a lower performance factory bike, why ?

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