MotoGP » Ben Spies: I didn't have it to win a MotoGP championship


"On my day I could beat them but I also know that when it came to it I didn't have it to win a championship and I can say that" - Ben Spies.

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Guna4699

April 12, 2014 4:21 PM

Accepting defeat is one thing,, but he completely floored by saying that he was never capable of winning... probably he surrendered fully and with absolutely no chance for anyone to raise questions to degrade him as he degraded himself to the limit possible..

eyesoftheworld

April 12, 2014 4:22 PM

I think Ben has it pretty much correct. I've definitely saw him as capable of winning races, but with the likes of Marquez, Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa around, I couldn't see him getting enough points to win it all. I saw him ride in the Ama a bunch and on good days he was awesome, he had allot of good days back then.. Thanks for the good memories Ben and enjoy whatever lay ahead.

eyesoftheworld

April 12, 2014 4:30 PM

Guna4699: Accepting defeat is one thing,, but he completely floored by saying that he was never capable of winning... probably he surrendered fully and with absolutely no chance for anyone to raise questions to degrade him as he degraded himself to the limit possible..


What he said was he wasn't capable of winning a motogp championship. A very very small percentage of people can win a motogp championship. Just a handful of the billions of people on the planet. He acknowledged the ability to win a Motogp race on a real exceptional day. Also something very very few people alive can do. Ben is just being honest with himself and the people that follow motorcycle racing. I always thought he had his head fairly well planted on his shoulders and in reality and this article more or less confirms that.

Tomco

April 12, 2014 4:43 PM

Top rider and top bloke who for whatever reason lost a lot of confidence and didnt achieve what many people, including myself, thought he would do. Main thing is that he got out before getting hurt.

ducati1098

April 12, 2014 4:55 PM

I've always enjoyed watching him race and I'm still hoping for him to come back to WSBK in a year or two. I just don't think he's fit for MotoGP anymore but Elbowz is still fast and could definitely win a championship or two in WSBK.

TrueFan

April 12, 2014 5:33 PM

Guna4699: ...as he degraded himself to the limit possible..

No he didn't do that at all. What he did was an honest attempt at self evaluation, without the PR spin that you might prefer.

His record is one GP race win (a feat only a handful of riders better), and 5 or 6 podiums. He retired with some ugly injuries, after a fairly ordinary run of luck over his last two seasons. A lot of people would end up bitter after that, but he seems pretty circumspect. I think he's pretty cool.

motomark1

April 12, 2014 5:41 PM

Spies....what a disappointment. It's fitting he mentions Stoner because they are probably two of the most weak minded riders ever to ride in Motogp. Spies had twice the talent of Hayden, but not even half the heart. He should have just stayed in WSBK and given Americans something to cheer about on the world stage.

SmokinHaddock

April 12, 2014 7:04 PM

MotoMark,

You've never been near a race track have you. Shameful lack of respect or understanding from a keyboard warrior. Didnt Spies have the heart to win multiple AMAs and a WSBK? Without ignorant attitudes like yours Stoner may well still be racing. Just imagine Casey against Marc.

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