MotoGP » Ben Spies hoping for 'stronger' Sepang II

"We just need to wait until I'm stronger, come back and twist the throttle, then see what needs to be changed" - Ben Spies.

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February 22, 2013 5:57 PM

I think it's funny that Ben tries to dig at the changes made in the last few years. He should be thanking Hayden & Rossi for getting the bike to the point that it's at - where it responds, even though minimally - to set-up changes. That twin spar frame was the best move that Ducati made despite not taking full advantage of its capabilities. The package is as "refined" as it's going to get in its current state.


February 22, 2013 5:59 PM

P.S. Ben is opening his mouth too early in the game (similar to what Rossi did by poking at Casey before he had a chance to really understand what he was dealing with), and he's going to shoot himself in the foot when he fails to match Rossi's results. He should have followed Dovi's lead and stay away from the digs, and focus on the problem....which is Ducati, not Rossi & Co.

prof-x - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 7:13 PM

how is being optimistic being arrogant??? Lolz.

for god sake, if Ducati can get the tires working they will probably be a full second faster per lap.

@Rhino, the M1 was the end of Spies' GP career, he will be reborn if he can make the GPX work. Lots of pressure on him cause of how his bike was complete a** last year, breaking down left and right, no setup to speak of, no way to make the tires last, fighting the traction control and a bike that is too specialized. pfft.


February 22, 2013 7:40 PM

I didnt see anything out of line in Bens comments,He knows better then anyone else what they are up against.
As was mentioned before if they can get the tires to work the gap will get smaller...If they can get the tires to work is a big uestion though....

leananglesensor - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 7:43 PM

ben is right where he desrves to be like nicky is where he deserves to be both are serial non winners when they rode for the best factorys in the paddock, the cream always rises to the top like it or not.


February 22, 2013 8:22 PM

@ leananglesensor

At the end of the day, that point sticks. The best of the best remain the best of the best until they leave/retire from the sport. The "best of the rest" end up right where they should be.

tomcol - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 9:05 PM

Hope Ben proves everyone wrong. Im sure he just needs to regain his confidence - look how good he was in WSBK and his first year in MotoGP
If it doesnt work out he must return to WSBK where he will no doubt win races again.


February 22, 2013 9:25 PM

@ tomcol

Realistically, Spies is done for ( terms of being a race winner)!!! He didn't get it done on the Factory M1 for a variety of reasons, and he surely won't get it done on a satellite Ducati. It is what it is unfortunately. All of the crossed fingers and posturing won't change that. He won't be proving anybody wrong on the Pramac.

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