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Podiums 'possible' for Ben Spies in 2010

“2010 will be his rookie year, but that does not mean Ben should give up on getting strong results”
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal believes Ben Spies has what it takes to break into the MotoGP big four - and tips the Texan to be a podium threat during a 'strong' 2010 rookie season in grand prix.

Overlooked after three rides with Suzuki in 2008, Spies jolted the premier-class paddock into action by winning Yamaha's first World Superbike Championship - at his very first attempt - in 2009.

Unsurprisingly, Yamaha moved quickly to retain Spies, the factory's sense of urgency illustrated by the initial announcement of a new two-year contract - without stating exactly which championship the 25-year-old would race in!

It was claimed that another year in WSBK was 'foreseen' before joining MotoGP, but the second Tech 3 seat alongside Colin Edwards remained open and few were surprised when it was confirmed that Spies would replace James Toseland for 2010.

Spies instantly repaid Yamaha's faith with seventh on his M1 debut as a wild-card at the Valencia finale, before setting the fourth fastest lap time during his Tech 3 debut at the post-race test.

Whilst admitting that praising Spies is an easy task, Poncharal also explained why he has high expectations for the triple AMA Superbike champion during 2010.

“I am going to push an open door when I tell you that Ben is an incredible rider, an incredible talent and that he will be a very, very strong MotoGP rider,” Poncharal told “There is nothing new in me saying that. It has been said and written by many people before.

“But what I can also tell you is that I very much like his approach.

“Although Ben has a very big pedigree, he has a very humble attitude. He is listening to what people are saying. He wants to understand what needs to be done to go faster and, maybe most importantly of all, he doesn't want to adapt the bike to his riding style.

“Ben understands that a MotoGP bike is different to anything else he has ridden. It has very specific characteristics in terms of the chassis, engine and tyres. You have to ride this package in a MotoGP way.

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December 30, 2009 10:04 AM

What the hell is it with the logos and obscure numbering styles nowadays? The picture of Spies looks like a number 4 at first glance and I will soon need a TV that fills the entire wall of my living room to see who is where on the first lap, especially in 125 and Moto2. Anyone remember the days when you used to be able to tell the rider by the number on the front and side of his bike?

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