16 August 2012
Interview with Ben Spies
Is it safe to say that you are more relaxed entering Indy than at any race in 2012 because you announced before Laguna that you were leaving Yamaha after this season and because this has been a really good track for you, a good place to turn around your year?
I knew before the announcement came out it was a decision that I had made a while ago, and I know change can be good sometimes, and that is what I wanted. I have a few things on the table, but we are waiting to see which is the best option for next year.
I wanted to get that out of the way, and I knew I wasn't going to be staying there next year, and I have had good memories and good races with Yamaha, and it is nothing against them.
I just didn't think that we have been matching very well or working well together, and I want to be in a good environment for everybody, and that is why I made the decision and got it off my chest. Now I don't have to worry about anything, and I can just go out and get on the bike and ride.
Riders often talk about a boost from racing at home. Do you feel it? Is the sensation even more pronounced at Indy because of the history here?
Yes, for sure. Going to Indy, I mean, it's Indianapolis. It has the bricks and everything, and it has all the history. When you go there and it is your home crowd, you always hope your best race is your home race. Sometimes it is not always like that, but you always want to put it on for the fans.
You have the fans, and even though there are so many riders out there and so many other riders that they respect, you want yourself up there the most, and you can feel it, for sure. When you are in practice sessions and you pull off the side to do your practice start and all the fans are just jumping and hollering, it gives you that satisfaction, and you want to come through for them.
It seems that the Yamaha M1 has adjusted to the new Bridgestone tyres better than the Honda or the Ducati this season. What about the bike has helped it blend better with the tyres than your rivals?
That is something that no one really knows because there has been so many changes with the tyres this year and the 1000cc's. It has just been kind of a shot in the dark, and it seems like our bike is more consistent with them. I wouldn't say it is better, but I would say it is more consistent and it works pretty well. But we have also had our fair share of problems with them, too, and I think everyone has had some trouble.
Do you have a timetable for announcing your 2013 plans?
Yes, I know when I will announce something and when I announce it. Everybody will know, and then I am not going to feed any more rumors or get anything started. I am just going to wait on it and keep people wondering a little bit.
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