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Schwantz interview - part 2.

Probably what I dislike most about it was the fact that Wayne Rainey lived right across the street from the place, and I felt like it was his backyard. Normally he kicked my ass there like it was his backyard.

So to be able to come to Indianapolis and see all three grand prix classes here from a fan's perspective, I think, is a huge draw. A speedway that's got so much heritage and history in motorsports as Indianapolis does, you know, I think is nothing but a huge draw for MotoGP and everything that supports it.

Q:
Kevin, you've worked with Ben Spies since he was a young pup. It seems somewhat inevitable that he is going to end up in MotoGP. What are your thoughts about him racing the class?

Kevin Schwantz:
You know, I think Spies got a couple shots last year on the Suzuki MotoGP bike. He didn't shine all that much at Laguna Seca. He did really well here at Indianapolis, and he didn't have a great run at Donington, either, But having never been to Donington, I didn't really expect him to. I think Ben, when given the right opportunity on the right team, I think he can compete at the very top level. Whether he'll step in instantly and have something, you know, to try and show Valentino Rossi, I'm not sure about. But I think with the rest of the field, whether it's a Nicky (Hayden) or a Colin (Edwards) or a (Jorge) Lorenzo or any of the other guys out there who are competing up at the top, I think Ben has the heart and the motivation to do whatever he sets out to do. If he's given the shot on the right team, gets the right support guys behind him, I think the sky is the limit for Ben Spies.



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Can hardly wait! - Unregistered

August 21, 2009 6:28 AM

I'm curious to see how well Ben's "strong arm" style of riding, which is quite impressive on a superbike, will carry over to 800cc GP bikes. He just might not do as well as a lot of us are expecting.

Jiri Simek

August 21, 2009 9:06 AM

Well the difference is quite big in fact! Valentino has gone through the two-strokes (125cc & 250cc) and learned how to handle a really light machine with excellent brakes. On the other hand Ben has never ridden a two-stroke bike, but rather raced the heavier production bikes such as the GIXXER. Kevin is right that it is a tough call to judge what Ben is capable of on a formula(MOTOGP bike) which is so much different from the bikes he has been riding for all of his life. Anyway, I am pretty much convinced he will do well! GO ELLBOWZ :-o



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