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Spies ‘super happy’ with seventh

Ben Spies put the disappointment of two consecutive non-finishes behind him with a solid seventh place at Mugello on Sunday, having shadowed the three-way fight for fourth for much of the race.

“The goal was top ten, so to be seventh I'm pretty happy with, especially leaving here with solid points after the disappointment of the last two races,” said the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider. “I got a great start and felt like I rode as hard as I could and didn't make too many mistakes but I just couldn't quite get up close to the battle in front of me and that was a little frustrating.

“I found myself right on the tail of that pack with Randy, Marco and Casey but I wasn't going to be able to pass them on the straight. I just tried to stay as close as I could for as long as I could in case something happened with them but everybody kept it upright. I was just hoping that the pack was going to break open and I could pick one of them off but they stayed together.

“It was a good race and what I needed to build my confidence and experience and now I'm looking forward to Silverstone. That's a level playing field with nobody knowing the track, so I'll have less of a disadvantage."

But whilst Spies enjoyed a strong showing, team-mate Colin Edwards sunk from fifth on the grid to 13th at the flag after with what the team worrying termed - given Casey Stoner's 2009 problems - as 'a mystery fatigue issue', which first appeared in morning warm-up.

“I'm really disappointed and a bit mystified because I've felt good all weekend and we got the bike working really well again after we switched back to the setting we had at Mugello last year,” said Edwards. “But it was a struggle from the off and I didn't feel great at all.

“The bike was working well. It goes round the corner good, it brakes good and has good traction but I can't ride in that condition. I felt fatigued really early in the race and was really struggling to change direction with the bike. And at this track you have got a lot of fast changes of direction that are crucial to help you flow and set good times.

“I've had a bit of an arm pump issue all weekend for the first time in my career and needed quite a few injections to ease that. But I was way below my best physical condition and not just because of that. All I can do is apologise to Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and I wish I knew what was going on. I'll try and figure it out and be ready to come out fighting strong in Silverstone.”

Spies and Edwards are likely to be in with a shot at temporarily replacing Valentino Rossi at the factory Fiat Yamaha team.



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Muggsly

June 07, 2010 3:46 PM
Last Edited 2370 days ago

Out of Curiosity why do people play down attrition as a spot in the race. If so and so hadn't binned it etc etc. Championships are won and lost by that same level of attrition and who is to say that those riders would have finished where they fell off. At the end of the day the points reflect finishes there is no asterisk that states that x number of riders could have lowered this placing. By this logic Rossi did not win Qatar since Stoner fell off :rolleyes:

RawDawg

June 07, 2010 3:49 PM
Last Edited 2370 days ago

c'mon Zane get off it You've done nothing but post back handed comments about Spies since yesterday. And now to come with this would have, could have, should have about if who was or wasn't there. And then you have the nerve to talk about Simoncelli who hasn't been faster than Spies since they both came to MotoGP - weak. And please leave the "I see this has a performance equal to or below JT's standards" alone. Because Spies has already bested JT's best this year along with beating him on track multiple times. JT is a Superbike specialist and he'll never have a year like Spies did last year so I could say "JT's performance isn't spies like" until he retires. But what would be the point? It's funny how you guys root for Spies to do bad like it's some validation for JT. It isn't.



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