MotoGP » Spies: We had pace for front row

'I made a small mistake on the hot lap which is a shame because I think that lap could have been close to pole, definitely the front row' - Ben Spies

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October 13, 2012 1:12 PM

Nevertheless Petrolbonce, Spies' calipers DID overheat and stick in practice, and Crutchlow's were likewise shown glowing red hot - both 2 of the heavier guys in the field. When you're taking about the tiniest fractions of a second in performance differential, then greater mass and higher load transfer will make a difference. And whether that difference is 27%, 9% or 2%, there will be a point at which braking efficiency will be compromised. It's Physics 101.


October 13, 2012 2:15 PM

Ben still insists with taking ridiculously wide lines and making late apexes - he NEEDS to carry more CORNER SPEED, he needs to stop squaring off corners all the time. All his lowside crashes this year have been due to this fact.

He's never going to succeed on a Ducati at this rate.

GoForIt - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 2:51 PM

Qualied 4th,

Because he has the "best bike"

Because the other riders were instructed to let him go faster due to his passport

Because when he laid it down on the track those riders behind him to let off, otherwise they would have jumped over him in qualy

Because, because, because, , , ,

I'm hoping for a podium come race time, but this year is just not going well for Ben. All the hate has me wondering though. I'll just toss it up to ignorant young boys posting from their mommy's house.

Hoping for a good race from Cal, Dovi, Ben, and Bradl. Seriously hoping Rossi can make it up there somehow (and Hayden too, but he is limping). Heck, I'm thinking Bautista has nothing to lose now, so maybe he'll make his mark again!

Take out the boring first two places and watch the battle for 3rd, yup, that is MotoGP.

justforfun - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 4:40 PM

Ben does take wide lines making it easy for riders to pass. He does say that he literally takes wider lines to make faster riders pass so that he doesn't hold them up...if he knows he doesn't have the pace.

Hemmy - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 7:14 PM


I think you are missing the point.

Given that Ben is on a factory M1, and that Stoner is not yet fully fit, Ben should be getting that 3rd spot on the podium. Minimum! Being beaten by customer spec bikes is simply not good enough. Everyone knows this, including you im sure.

With Stoner fully fit, Ben is expected to finish at least 4th at a minimum given the fact he's on one of the 4 best bikes out there (arguably the best bike out there in fact!)

Cal is not expected to podium because he is on the front row in P3. As a rider of a customer bike, he is 'expected' to finish 5th at best, assuming that all factory riders are fully fit and in the hunt.

Cal results are WAY better than is actually expected of him, whereas Spies results are WAY worse than anyone expected of him.

The fact that Cal beats Spies even when Spies has no 'bad luck' either shows how good Cal is, or how poor Spies is.

vonich - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 8:38 PM

Evrybody expect spies to podium, to win to do this! to do that! This is racing when the unexpected happens. Is there anyone in the paddock expect Rossi to win? No! Well atleast those who understand the situation knows the his not going to win a race. So way expect so much on spies every race if you hate the guy? I guess people are just as miserable and they tend to vent it out to other and there choice of tea is spies. You don't win champinoship by just being lucky. Though being lucky or not sometimes it really come to play on everyday life.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 9:15 PM

This is a Race,Many things can Happen and being on the best bike does not insure where you will finish,If it were that easy they would just park the bikes on the grid and let people look at them.
And also there is very little difference between customer and Factory bikes this season with the exception of the Ducatis,Cal isnt the first rider to put a Tech 3 bike on the podium or start a race from the front row so he isnt doing anything special except being more consistant then last season.
Cal has adjusted to the new Tyres this season and Spies has not if they change again next year who knows what will happen..Crutchlow could become the Crasher he was last season.

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