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 23, 2013 5:44 AM

Spies wont be a fully factory backed rider, comparing Rossi to Spies at Ducati is nonsense. Its clear Rossi was numero uno at Ducati and Hayden and all the rest of them had to suffer while Ducati completely ponied up to Rossi.

I think if Ducati get the tires working Spies will lap much faster than Rossi and not have to worry about CRTs, which would be an improvement from last year where he could barely keep the CRTs at bay from race 1.

Rossi got beat by James Ellison at Valencia, and lapped by Dani mid race, I cant see Spies being any worse that what Rossi was for Ducati, looking at all the money they poured in to him and his bike.

pies - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 6:20 AM

Rossi and co led Ducati the wrong way?

Let's see.

Assume for a moment that Rossi did NOT ask for a chassis switch to Aluminium and continued working with the old carbon fibre **** and they still ended up where they are - 2 seconds off the pace.

Guess the first thing which the germans will do - yes, switch to Aluminum and ask spies and co to test the heck out of it, and probably waste another 1 year. In short, Rossi and his team did heck a lot of work which spies and co would have had to do.

The wrong direction would have been this - asking Ducati to change the V angle while there was nothing wrong with it in the first place. JB and co are not stupid - they knew what is NOT the problem and left that alone. They can only provide the direction and the direction has indeed been quite right.

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 6:58 AM

Personally, I don't think you can say deifinitively that they led them in the wrong direction but to criticise where the carbon frame was when it was so unceremoniously dumped and you consider the small budget used to get it there, it's hard not to be critical of the 'development genius' of Rossi and Burgess and where they've left Ducati.
The proof is in the stats for the '10 carbon beauty.
3 x 1sts
2 x 2nds
4 x 3rds
The best part of 100 points clear of Rossi's tally, pole positions and fastest laps galore, so don't tell me the move to alloy was an improvement.

some1 - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 10:18 AM

I can't wait which Ducati got T-Bone by Rossi at Qatar for passing his Yamaha. Ducati is very fast there, but need to be setup right at Sepang.

Any Ducati able to achieve 0.8s from the top Sepang II test will be possibly finish on podium at Qatar. I guess eliminating 1.2s gap in Sepang II test is not too hard to do. Then, the could start thinking about improving the whole bike after 1st quarter of the season.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 10:59 AM

@Prof X
Spies is a full Factory Backed rider at Ducati,He will ride the same bikes and receive any upgrades at the sametime Dovi and Hayden recieve them.His contract is with Ducati Corse
but he will race under Pramac colors.
Iannones contract is different from the other 3 Ducati riders.

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