MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Ben Spies still one of the fastest - Lorenzo

“I believe he is one of the fastest riders in MotoGP” - Jorge Lorenzo.

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markg - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 10:02 PM

I tend to agree with Lorenzo that Spies has huge talent, but I also believe that a rider needs huge self confidence in order to capitalize on such talent. A season like Spies had last year could be enough to crush many folks self confidence. Most of his career he was regularly winning or at least on the podium. Between last year's nightmare and this year on a sub standard machine, can't see him getting results that will point him back to the mojo... Still don't understand that given a factory team how that bike broke as much as it did. Been watching bike racing since Kenny Roberts senior and Bob Hannah were untouchable and cannot recall a factory effort that was so off. I could easily see Spies wondering what going to break next... Anyway I hope it's Dani's year.

coffee - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 10:23 PM

Jorge, is right I watched Ben's Assen race where he just ran off with it from pool to finish tapping cs by 10 secs in the end, makes you wonder what really happened last year, way to many problems most the factory's fault, like seca, the time his airbags went off in the middle of a race... and other odd issues that just kept happening,
hope he does well at Parimac, n his shoulder gets better soon, cuz once ducati sorts their shiet out he's gona be fast for sure.


April 03, 2013 10:37 PM

He was good in 2010 and 2011 but last year he looked completly out of his element,I would like to know what the drastic change was between the 800cc bike and the 1000,Still think he should have taken the Gresini Ride but in the End Money Talks.

Seezer - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 12:38 AM

No matter how bad of a season he had last year, spies has accomplished way more than the crutch has in gp during his first 2 years and don't even blame the bikes, spies did better in 2010 as a rook than in 2012 on a factory bike. Lets see crutchlow get a pole or a win before we start talking about how he deserves a factory seat. He has done absolutely NOTHING to merit a factory ride


April 04, 2013 2:12 AM
Last Edited 1125 days ago

sometimes I wish he's have either stayed in the USA, or maybe even WSBK. He'd already beaten the best in Mladin & decimated the world stage in '09. Not that anyone has forgotten these accomplishments. Sometimes a great SBK rider is only a great SBK rider. Although, In recent times Bayliss, Hayden & Spies are the only ones I recall winning on SBKs, then on a GP bike. Biaggi did it the other way around, which only makes sense if you think about it. Anyways, I hope Ben's shoulder has time to heal, and does not suffer an unexpected off, as the Duc is known to suffer it's pilots on occasion.

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