MotoGP » Spies no answer to satellite Yamaha duo


'I struggled a bit with the front tyre today at the beginning and then in the middle of the race' - Ben Spies

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Don-R

September 30, 2012 8:08 PM

A bit disappointing from Ben today tbh - I guess you could say that after so many machine failures he doesn't yet have confidence in the bike, but you would have thought that the Aragon test might have allowed him to run some race sims to get the setup and tyre selection sorted? I'd expected a tighter battle with the Tech 3 guys today.

rossifumi - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 9:03 PM

such a waste of a ride.and some freak people said that you and dovi deserved the factory m1. valentino will fight for the victory on that bike. for spies and dovi the victory is just a mirage.

RocketR1

September 30, 2012 9:18 PM

Im disapointed with todays result although it shows there is no difference between the Tech 3 and Bens M1 I still thought with the extra testing He would make the podium.It would seem he is not willing to push to limit like Crutchlow did today,I'll give credit to Cal he threw everything he had at Dovi but the guy makes himself pretty hard to pass.

AmalMassage - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 9:25 PM

Ben has been exposed as the typical American 'passport' rider that he is.

He should have easily beaten the satellite bikes, instead both Dovi and Cal schooled Spies, inspite of the fact that these two were fighting a great battle for podium.

I am glad Yamaha decide to fire his underperforming ass and hire Rossi instead. At the very least Rossi will provide greater competition to Jorge, if not beat him over a season.

petrolbonce

September 30, 2012 9:50 PM

"it shows there is no difference between the Tech 3 and Bens M1"

No it doesn't. It could show that, or it could show that Ben's bike is better, but Ben isn't as good.

You believe whatever makes you happy, but there is not enough evidence from today's race to confirm it either way.

petrolbonce

September 30, 2012 9:53 PM

@AmalMassage I'm not particular fan of Spies but I have to take issue with your assertion that Yamaha fire Spies. They did not. Ben's contract was up for renewal it wasn't renewed.

I believe that Yamaha chose not to renew it. I don't buy Ben's story about him walking, if for no other reason that the "exciting" thing he claimed to have lined up for next year didn't materialize.

aeolus

September 30, 2012 9:56 PM

On the MotoGP video interview he mumbled something about grip issues. Let's face it he got beaten by riders he should have easily shown the way home. Is he disheartened or have the opposition improved so much? Next season with Dovi as team leader will be interesting but Ben is not one to risk his hide and that could well be the problem.

Goforit - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 10:10 PM

In my opinion Ben no longer cares about a podium, or possibly even racing, at this point in the year. Emotionally he is a beaten dog awaiting the season's end.

Dovi has shown how to be consistent. Cal has shown how to be fast in qualifying, Ben has shown little this year. I'm a Spies fan but all I can think is he wants the pain to end and start fresh. It will be sad when he passes Hayden in points, and he will.

For those on here continually ragging this guy, get a life, or at least a hobby or girlfriend.

RocketR1

September 30, 2012 10:15 PM

@petrolbonce
Did you not watch the race, there was no difference in speed or accelleration between the bikes.
And Cals bike seems to have gained the 13km he was down earlier in the season so they have made improvements to his Bike,I'd almost be willing to Bet Crutchlow is on the second best M1 on the grid and thats not a slag towards him it just makes sense for Yamaha as Dovi & Spies are Ducati Bound.

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