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Good support for Spies.

Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal has reassured Ben Spies fans that the American will get strong support from Yamaha in MotoGP next season - but is unable to confirm how similar the World Superbike star's YZR-M1 will be to the machines of factory team riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Spies, fighting to win Yamaha's first ever WSBK title at his very first attempt, has signed to ride alongside fellow Texan Colin Edwards at Yamaha's satellite MotoGP team next season - in place of James Toseland.

“You know I have always been very proud because two years ago we were with Masao Furusawa [Yamaha racing boss] and he was asked by some journalists 'you have two good teams this year; a good factory team and a good satellite team' and he said 'no, we have four factory riders and four factory bikes'. I was proud of that,” replied Poncharal, when asked about the level of factory support for Spies.

“The last few seasons we have been quite regularly close to the front and, at the end of the day, the engines are sealed - with the new rules - so I have not had the chance to check Valentino's engine, Jorge's engine and my engines. Also, Ben has a [two-year] contract with Yamaha Japan directly and not with Tech 3.

“I think Yamaha will give us really good support, but in details I can't answer you more than that. I am sure Ben will have really good support, the same as Colin and the same as James this year,” concluded Poncharal.

Spies, a triple AMA Superbike champion, will start the Portimao WSBK season finale 10 points behind Ducati's Noriyuki Haga.

The 25-year-old - who rode in three grands prix for Rizla Suzuki last season, claiming a best finish of sixth - will then make his Yamaha MotoGP debut as a wild-card at the Valencia season finale.

Spies will take his crew chief Tom Houseworth and mechanic Gregory Wood, who have both been with him since his AMA days, to Tech 3 next season.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Ben Spies , Valencia , Tech 3

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October 08, 2009 12:35 PM
Last Edited 768 days ago

"but put him in a dog fight and he's not so good" bazzab Have you even watch the races? I guess you didn't Spies stuff it under Haslam and Nori at Assen on the last two laps? I guess you didn't see him fight tooth and nail at Monza with Fab and Nori? I guess you didn't see him slice up the pack in drying conditions at Misano? I guess you didn't see him bang it up with Max and Fab at Brno? Or mix it up at the Nurburgring? I wonder what would make someone who have actually seen the races make that statement? The statement is way off base. As a matter of fact HE'S BEEN THE BEST AT DOGFIGHTING THIS YEAR IN WSBK.

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