MotoGP » Yamaha announces Ben Spies' Valencia replacement

Katsuyuki Nakasuga to replace Ben Spies at Valencia MotoGP finale

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DJ from TJ - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 3:29 AM

Very dissapointed by that decision, I was hoping for Josh Hayes to get that ride. After a dominant season the triple AMA champ more than deserves that ride, what that guy did to the competition this year compares to nothing, is was like watching 18 Phillip Island races won by Stoner. Anyways, I guess is all politics and playing it safe, but this test rider offers no spectacle at all!!!

Matt - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 6:03 AM

Josh Hayes, are you kidding me? There is couple of plaices you should show your pace before you are called to MotoGP. WSS, WSBK, Moto 2... It took a long time for Jonathan Ray to get to show his pace on GP and hes done some great work in WSBK. If you are playing in 3 division you are not gonna be called on major legues, no matter what you have done. It would be great to see Hayes step up next year to WSBK/Moto2 and really see what the guy has, but GP is still a different animal.

teacherDave - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 6:04 AM

@DJ from TJ
"No spectacle" !that's a bit critical. I didn't see the race but Moto gp website said he replaced an injured JL at Valencia last year ? and took 6th ! Stepping into the big league and taking a 6th place against the top flight riders IS SPECTACULAR !

JS99 - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 6:20 AM

Watch last years Valencia race then tell me how spectacular it was!
Was kinda hoping we might see them say test rider on tech 3 bike and crutchlow here's a little present for a great year!
But never mind

DJ from TJ - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 7:29 AM

I was a good race in damp conditions where many riders crashed and he was replacing Edwards not Lorenzo.
I get respect your points, I know a lot of people looks down to the AMA championship, I do think Hayes is the better rider and the Only yamaha standout out there, MotoGP unlike Moto2 is about precision and consistency, and Hayes is a master at that, he knows the track, he can handle the power of a liter bike, and he's demonstrated he can ride around set up problems, he's done more for Yamaha than the guys you mentioned before.

SP-1 - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 12:23 PM

What about the loyal, Satellite Yamaha rider, who will probably have that very same bike "handed down" to him next year?? The guy that just finished on the podium today??

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