MotoGP » Spies' rotten luck continues at Brno

'I'm really disappointed not just for me but for the team as they've done an excellent job this weekend' - Ben Spies

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August 26, 2012 8:01 PM

Couple of problems with the Gresini ride: firstly the team isn't too healthy financially, (San Carlo are reportedly reducing their sponsorship) and that could impact the way things are run at some point. Also, Gresini run Showa suspension, so they can't really benefit from data from the factory squad (unlike Tech 3 for example). And of course Repsol have a contractual guarantee that their factory bike will be better.

On the other hand, is there any point in him going back to WSBK to do again what he's already done?

Tough decision ahead for him now.

motomark - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 8:04 PM

Until this year Ben has made steady progress, I just hope he can bounce back from this next year. I can't imagine what is going through his head. Good luck Ben, put this year behind you and next year ride like we know you can where ever that may be.

Julian Bond

August 26, 2012 8:35 PM

What does Houseworth actually do?

At Le Mans, I spoke to an insider who said both Spies and Hayden would be out. I asked if the problem was the entourage and he said yes. Now obviously that was wrong about Hayden, but with Spies it looks right on the money.

markg - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 9:03 PM

'I can't imagine what is going on in Ben's head. '

Well for one as has been acknowledged by Jarvis the deal with Rossi has been brewing in some form all season, and Ben saw it coming. As I've said before, short of him being on the podium most every weekend, nothing he could have done would have stopped that. And I'm not sure that regular podiums would have done it.

kel - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 9:04 PM

This is not rotten luck at all. The clutch did not fail, he simply cooked it and was too agressive in the first few corners.

Everyone knows that clutch slip on 250hp GP bike is actually quite common, its how you manage it that counts.

At least he admitted the crash was purely down to him.

14 crashes so far this season. Yamaha cant be too happy with the repair bills from this side of the garage.

Im sure that both parties are happy that Spies will no longer be with Yamaha next season, so its a win win situation for both by the sounds of it.

The truth hurts. - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 9:08 PM

Feel absolutely terrible for Spies.He has tried and tried again and the Gods of Motogp keep sh*tting on his head.If he was a horrible person i would have little sympathy but he is a genuine nice guy and deserves better.

markg - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 9:13 PM

Unusual problems seem to be the norm about now for Spies and crew.

I dont quite understand... The clutch overheated from the start. But the data gotten off of the bike says Spies had a normal start, and that the clutch didn't have a failure or defect.

So why did it overheat? His starts are normally pretty good, and I cant recall Spies frying a clutch during a race start before.

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