MotoGP » Gresini confirms Spies, Redding interest

Three riders in talks with Gresini Honda for 2013 MotoGP season.

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August 26, 2012 6:31 PM

Well Spies lasted 13 laps longer than Scott if that's any consolation to Ben and I would guess Ben's salary requirements are considerably above Scott's. Ben's bargaining chips are getting fewer and fewer.


August 26, 2012 6:38 PM
Last Edited 1266 days ago

I think Spies should take the Suzuki ride. Take the time between wildcards to get your head in the right place. As for Gresini, Redding is a risk, would love to see him up there but I think they should wait and see how Rea goes on Stoners bike.

Dorna would be happy if he was entered in the US GPs and I think Spies would end up with a gd ride.


August 26, 2012 7:05 PM
Last Edited 1266 days ago

I think Ben would thrive at Gresini,New Team,New Bike and most importantly a new pit Crew (i would Hope)
Also being the lone prototype rider on the team He could setup the bike the way he wanted too.
We know the Honda can be riden well by a Larger rider as Marco showed us last season.


August 26, 2012 7:55 PM

Oh the humiliation for Yamaha it would be if Spies took a RELIABLE factory Honda and got back up to the front where he should be.

There would be no better package than a factory RC213V if he was looking to stay in MotoGP. While i would love to see him riding a GSVR it doesnt seem like Suzuki is ready to jump in with everything yet.


August 26, 2012 8:07 PM

Scott would be a LOT cheaper for the team salary-wise, but with 3 rounds in the US next year - including Texas - Dorna are desperate to keep another top US rider in the series.

I think for that reason the ride is Ben's unless he turns it down.

Ben1 - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 8:18 PM

What about San Carlo wanting an Italian rider? It was a reason for not placing Marquez into this team... But not a bad thing they changed their opinion.
The Spies-Gresini partnership could be interesting. It would be ironic if he could beat his results with the factory Yamaha bike. For Redding, I think this ride could be a little premature. He is very talented, but I think it's a little bit the case of Smith. He should achieve more in Moto2 before he is given one of the 12 'prototype' rides. There are others who deserve the like of this seat more - Spies, Bautista, Espargaro, Iannone.


August 26, 2012 8:29 PM

Agreed that neither Smith or Redding have shown what it takes to move to MotoGP next year. Unless Herve believes his bike in Moto2 is total crap. Either of the Espagaro brothers would be a better bet. Spies has shown a nagging lack of commitment IMO. Take Phillip Island in his first year: he wouldn't leave the garage because he considered the conditions too dangerous. But all the other riders did. He has to turn this preception around if he wants a career in MotoGP.

tucker - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 9:02 PM

I understand that San Carlo are not bothered what country the rider is from on the bike they sponsor, as long as he is up the front. That is something that Spies has proven in the past, to be able to do in MotoGP. I have to agree if Spies wants the ride, it's his. If not then my money is on Redding.

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