MotoGP » Luckless Spies rues more misfortune


Ben Spies's awful run of luck continues at Indianapolis as an engine blow scuppers a probable first podium of the season.

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robains - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 9:12 PM

Obviously Yamaha don't want Ben around any more ... no team manager/exec could seriously believe their own BS about any rider "not giving 100%". These riders are racers and have raced all their lives to get to this point ... NONE of them give 100%, they ALL give 110%. Saying a racer doesn't give 100% is like saying the Pope is Jewish ... complete and utter BS.

Wonder what Jarvis will do when Rossi doesn't perform to his expectations -- tell Rossi he's not giving 100%. Brilliant move Jarvis! I think the folks that really need to step up here are the one's paying Jarvis's salary and have Jarvis terminated.

How is telling Ben Spies "you aren't giving a 100%" good for Yamaha?? It's a politically stupid statement and certainly not worthy of the money Jarivs is making.

riggs700

August 20, 2012 11:49 PM

Well its all politics aint it. Who has upset who in the YAMAHA camp. Now where does all of this changing and retirement leave Cal Crutchlow. Hope he has a ride for next year. How can Bradley smith get a MOTOGP ride. He aint won nothing in the smaller classes especially MOTO 2. Cal Crutchlow has done the same as Jorge Lorenzo when he started and that was to keep crashing for a while until he got himself sorted.
All the riders do that, but Cal is a tremendous rider especially when the going is tough as he has proved. I noticed Cal was on a ventolin pump at the indy, and he did not look well, well I have been on that for years, so I know how he feels. Ben Spies sounds like he was a guinea pig for Rossi,s return. Rossi is to old for MOTOGP and should go to World Superbike with Max Biaggi, now that would liven it up.

riggs700

August 21, 2012 12:05 AM

Anyway all this chatter. I'm sure that all of the chatter that the riders talk about can only come from the vibration of the motor, transfered through the swing arm, through the rear shock and straight to the headstock, then transfered to the front wheel.
Now my conclusion is that if a bike has a weak headstock with lightened headrace bearings,and when the bike is off the ground and you can turn the steering with your little finger, then that means the steering is so light that the vibration has to go to the weakest point, which is the headstock. Now if the headstock was packed with a heavy grease, and i mean packed, then the grease would absorb the vibration. And the only other idea which i am going to try on my Suzuki Bandit road bike because i have the same sort of problem, Is to fit a steering damper between the frame and the fork leg which may control it. I cannot take my hands off the bars at low any speed because the steering of my bike flaps about, but my bike cranks over with

M1M - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 12:12 AM

@riggs700 Seriously, unless you're trolling, you need to learn something about motorcycles and racing in particular. What you say has NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA, NIENTE, RIEN, NICHTS to do with chatter except in the speech sense.

M1M - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 12:18 AM

By the way, were you the....person who posted a comment about being able to hear Marquez's bike chattering on the onboard camera/microphone?

WSSBKfan - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 1:09 AM

"How odd that the thread regarding Ben's tension with Yamaha was closed for comments. Too many negative comments on a manufacturer? What's the story Crash?"

Probably better it was closed. Emotions were running hot, even mine. Very frustrating to see a textbook success story like Spies have to run into this kind of crap.
Honestly, this young man is the type of professional athlete we all bitch and moan we wish we had when some trash that gets millions for chasing a ball gets busted for DUI, drugs, weapons, animal abuse and talking just plain stupid ****.
Then here's Ben, no trash talk, no media circus. To see what's happening is frustrating as hell.
And, as far as I have read, Mary Spies has been supporting her son's career the whole time. Wish my "crazy mom" had pushed me all the way to MotoGP!

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