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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prof-x - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 9:48 PM

guess what Realist, you are really showing your true colors.

try sitting on this one, after the first Sepang test in 2012, Ben Spies had a lap time of 2:00.495. +.239 of Jorge.

He would never have that pace again ...

after the first Sepang test Vale has a best lap of: 2:00.542
+.442 off of Jorge.

I wouldnt look too hard at the testing figures if I were you. But I am sure Bridgestone are looking are had them with their rep. Rossi.

prof-x - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 9:51 PM

also it should be noted Rossi only improved about 3/10's off his first Sepang test. Rossi better get close to 2.00 flat if he wants a chance at wins this year, because Sepang is supposed to be one of his better tracks (but wait, doh, his bike sucks on the brakes, just ask Jorge last year in the rain, lolz.)


February 22, 2013 9:51 PM

your comments dont say much for the remainder of the grid like Crutchlow for instance..He hasnt won and probley never will win a MotoGP race ,his riding last year has shown he belongs in motoGP.Sadly this series isnt about the most skilled riders anymore like the 500cc era was.Now the Factory's build there bikes to suit a Rider they think can win a championship and everyone else riding that model has to hope they can adapt to that bike.
In the end the tire maker can almost pick who they want to win..Bring back the tire wars and even the playing field.

Krusty The Klown - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 9:55 PM

GPone reports that Ben reinjured the shoulder while performing a double axel jump during a figure skating competition.This type of injury is happening far too frequently in Moto GP. I am surprised that the manufacturers allow their riders to participate in risky outside activities. What do you think?


February 22, 2013 10:09 PM
Last Edited 1082 days ago

@ RocketR1

My comment wasn't meant to disparage the other riders as much as it was meant to separate the top 4 from the rest. Crutchlow and Dovi rode very well last year, and I think they are both good riders. The venue is about entertainment and money just as much as it's about skill and racecraft. You could put all of those riders on the exact same spec bike and the skilled will still emerge victorious. Sometimes people have 90 percent, but are missing that very vital 10 percent.

@ Prof X

You're missing my point. It's not about lap times as much as it is about the capability of the riders. Spies is no Rossi, and never will be a Rossi. Why you are attempting to put them on the same playing field is beyond me. Spies isn't any of the top 4! I'll say it again, let us revisit this conversation mid-season. Until then, the statements that you spew as fact are mere supposition just like everything else that we "predict".

prof-x - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 11:01 PM

I think I read some where:

40% bike
30% setup
30% pilot

and thats being gracious with the pilot. Cause you can sink a good rider with a bad bike/setup.

If you go by lap times about 1-4% is the standard deviation between a mid-pack pilot and factory rider in MotoGP.

That number grows with respect to number of laps (setup)

harvey - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 11:24 PM

Sounds like ducati is gearing up for another lack luster season. It's hard to understand their game plan as clearly they are not going to fine tune their current bike into a winner. All this stuff about getting 100% from the current package before doing anything makes no sense to me. They've been polishing that turd for years now.


February 22, 2013 11:25 PM

I'll bite and say that Spies will out perform Rossi on the Ducati.He would never come close on the M1 but that bike was engineered around Valentino until the little Spainard came along and ruined the party!
Spies will be top Ducati this season..Im just not sure where the top Ducati wil Finish lol

rabcati - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 11:55 PM

prof-x, you might want to do some more study as Rossi was only 0.1 off Jorge at Sepang 1, not .442. And Spies was actually .297 off Jorge last year, try reading the time sheets properly next time.

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