MotoGP » Ben Spies: The moment I decided to leave Yamaha

“That was the moment when I decided I wasn't going to ride for Yamaha in 2013” - Ben Spies

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Unregistered - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 12:52 PM

@ J
It could be they had hope in him and were planning to renew his contract , at least for one more year. Still, they could have said that just to make themselves look good after Spies announced he was leaving and accused the management of pressuring him , not respecting him or whatever it was. It's hard to know, I'm sure a lot more went on there than they tell.
I hope he does well on the Ducati too, actually I think he probably will .

CRT - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 12:57 PM

The full article is on cyclenews, and it details much more than what Crash has "borrowed".

Ben states that he recieved the exact same parts as Jorge, and it was just bad luck that it was his parts that were failing. He was very adamant that there was no sabotage.

He also talks in depth about his offer to Gresini Honda as well as what led him to Ducati instead of Honda.

Check out the article, very good read.

northernranger - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 1:28 PM

The guy just isnt good enough to compete at this level.....end of story.
He completely wasted the chance of a factory bike.
If it wasnt for the CRT bikes hed be struggling to finish top 10 over a season....
But dont worry....his Mummmy will 'kiss' him better...

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 1:58 PM

Of course he is good enough!
He just had a terrible season in 2012.And he was not the only one!
I think his move to Ducati may well turn out to be beneficial.A change is as good as a rest as they say.I hope he puts the Ducati on the podium a few times and shuts a few people up!


January 03, 2013 2:05 PM

@Megalol, The Ducati was far from the best bike on the grid in 07, the fastest in a strait line yes, the best handling bike no way, far from it, do you remember how Stoner had to ride that thing, every corner exit it was bucking all over the place, his team mate who wasn't a bad rider didn't even get close to him. The best bike, when has a Ducati ever been the best GP bike?

CRT - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 2:11 PM

@ I think his move to Ducati may well turn out to be beneficial.A change is as good as a rest as they say.I hope he puts the Ducati on the podium a few times and shuts a few people up!

Posted by 99 Crystal Ball

Judging from Ben's comments about the M1 needing a soft set up to go fast, which is the polar opposite of what the Ducati apparently needs, he may very well have success (relative of course).

I'm a huge fan of Spies so I hope he does well.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 2:54 PM

Its hard to judge riders like these on just one Bad year,Many said Crutchlow wasn't MotoGp Material after his 2011 season but he showed last season he belongs on the grid,Spies Had some Machine Failures but also seemed to comfortable and alittle disinterested last year.
Lets hope he can re-event himself and show alittle passion in 2013 like he did in WSBK 2009,We need more riders capable of winning races along with better machinery for every rider on the grid.
He has a great oportunity at Ducati as Audi are prepared to back the Rider who shows the best speed and development skills.
Bring on Sepang!!

Sour Grapes Inc - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 3:05 PM

"I have a lot of good friends at Yamaha, but when someone talks down to you like that, you lose respect for them."

Do not fret, Ben. Yamaha lost all respect for you, too. After investing so much time and money in you, you rewarded them with so many mediocre results. Perhaps you were conditioning the team to Rossi's return?

For sure, there were 5 races that can be blamed on team / bike issues. The rest of the season was your own incompetence, Ben. You were nowhere near Jorge's pace.

And that is just the races. Qualifying -true measure of pace- was even more brutal and one sided, Jorge obliterated you as if you were some rookie.

'Luck' and Yamaha never held you back Ben, it was your own lack of speed. And that is a harsh truth to accept for any rider.......just ask your replacement at Yamaha.


January 03, 2013 3:05 PM

@ cockroach....nobody can deny that it was Casey's riding that won the Title in 07 although nobody can deny either that he had some advantage that year, otherwise he would have done better in subsequent years. My view is that it had an acceleration advantage that he was able to exploit where others couldn't. The Ducati has beaten every rider that has sat on it, it just took longer to finish Stoner. (Baylis not included, btw)


January 03, 2013 3:11 PM

It beat Baylis as well, the bike he won on was only 1 race before Casey did.

I read this report on Spies yesterday and thought this will be Crash conspiracy gold.

He wasn't performing so therefore was threatened, happens in all walks of life except football players.
How many of you out there would still be in your job after 18 months of unsatisfactory results?

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