MotoGP » Ben Spies skips final day at Sepang

"Quite honestly to be as close as we were to the other guys on the same bike - I was really surprised" - Ben Spies.

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Morpheus - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 11:42 AM

I think BS (not bull sh!t) did not go to WSBK because he too wants to return to his old flame (Suzuki). Honestly, Ducati's evolution or rebirth or whatever you want to call it may last past his contract.


February 07, 2013 2:39 PM

Why all this talk about Suzuki in 2014? Even if Ben is on a Suzuki he won't be winning, and that's no comment on Ben's riding. There's simply no way that Suzuki will be competitive in their first year back, even if they do come back.

Firstly it's a long time since Suzuki were last properly competitive in MotoGP. Actually they've never been a serious competitor since the class started.

Secondly Yamaha and Honda will have a couple of years race development behind them under the current rules*, which amounts to a two year start. Suzuki will be playing catch up for at least a season, and I'm sure Suzuki would openly admit that. It's only the blind loyalty of Suzuki (and possibly Spies) fans that makes them believe otherwise.

*So have Ducati but they seem to have squandered the first year.

quile - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 4:34 PM

Yamaha couldn't keep Ben's bike in one piece. He lost confidence, and as soon as he worked his confidence level back up, it would break again. Management lost confidence in him, which was displaced, they should have been riding his mechanics. How can anyone work to their full potential in that environment? Having watched him since his debut season in AMA superbikes, I know that he is far from done in MotoGP, if that is really what he wants.

another round - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 5:12 PM

If Suzuki comes back, hopefully they will take him. Maybe Hopper can finally get healthy again and be part of the fold as well. for now, Spies is just a member of the mid-pack in the three-tier racing series. If no Suzuki, he really should go back to WSBK or possibly AMA (I'm sure he has enough cash to not worry about a huge check). Short of Suzuki's return his days in GP are numbered.

MCP - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 5:29 PM

It might we worth a punt, in saying that whatever form the new Suzuki GP bike takes, it'll still be quicker round a race track than a Ducati. The way things are now, Ducati are going to have to completely reinvent the thing from the ground up.

I doubt that we'll see Hopkins on it, I think we'll be lucky to see that guy race again, in any class. Spies and Rdp would be a good pairing, I think.

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