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Spies happy with seventh on grid

World Superbike champion Ben Spies shook off a '70%' fall in Saturday free practice at Silverstone to equal his best qualifying position of the season in the afternoon session.

The MotoGP rookie suffered this highside accident (more pictures in gallery below) on his in-lap during final free practice, tweaking his injured ankle further, then was held up by Randy de Puniet's fall at the end of the session.

Nevertheless, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider will line-up seventh on the grid, having been less than two tenths off the pace of fifth placed Nicky Hayden, with the second factory Ducati of Casey Stoner in-between.

“I certainly tried as hard as I could and on the last lap I might have picked up another tenth to get on the second row but de Puniet crashed in front of me and that definitely cost me a small bit of time,” said Spies.

“My ankle is not too bad and shouldn't be a problem in the race. I was actually going to come into the pits [this morning] because there had been a few crashes and I was only doing 70 per cent of my normal speed when I got caught out. It can happen but I'll be ready to give my maximum effort in the race.

“On the speed charts we're down a bit and that is making it difficult and if I don't get a good start it will make it hard to pass people. But I'm happy with my riding and the set-up of the bike and the lap times are consistent.”

Team-mate Colin Edwards will start from tenth, having been unable to find a set-up that allowed him to push at his normal pace.

“That was really hard work and I just can't ride the bike to the level I know I can,” he said. “I'm just not comfortable and to ride as hard as I had to just for tenth, I'm not happy. There are guys that I beat easily last year that I'm struggling to match at the moment and it certainly isn't through a lack of trying.

“It is hard not to get frustrated but I am doing my absolute best to improve and get some more speed out of the bike. But we're struggling for engine speed and I can't get a decent setting with the chassis. Tenth is not a position I'm happy to be in but I'll give it my all in the race tomorrow because everybody at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 is working hard to improve the situation.”



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Spies after crashing, British MotoGP 2010
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Spies crash, British MotoGP 2010
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
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Lorenzo, Ducati, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

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DrifterJake

June 19, 2010 10:03 PM
Last Edited 2363 days ago

Ah ha ha ha, all you Brit, Spies hating trolls are fn hilarious! :) Spies found out today he is racing with a broken ankle! Something the doctors in Le Mans didn't find. After the morning mishap and learning the true extent of the injury he just picks himself up and qualifies 7th. (Ahead of all the other rookies if you clowns hadn't noticed!) By the way how many races did Toolsland finish in the top five over his 2 year MotoGp career? Answer - The same number as the amount of wins he's accumulated on the championship winning Yamaha in SBK this year, 0000000! :p So how's the cup going for all of you football houligans in Jolly Ole? :-o

RawDawg

June 20, 2010 2:48 AM

"So 8th would be pretty mediocre with only 16 riders in reality. You have to admit that people were, and are, expecting much more from him." 16 riders? It's not really important who is behind him but who is in front on him. Is he suppose to be beating Jorge, Stoner, Dovi, Rossi or Pedrosa from the beginning? And what are people expecting? Please tell me. Are they expecting him to pull a Kenny Roberts and run off 3 titles in a row? Are they expecting him to be fighting for wins every week on a satellite bike? Are they expecting him to be beating guys like Jorge and Pedro who are on factory bikes on unseen tracks? Who are these people? Do they understand MotoGP in it's current state? I keep reading all this talk about how "disappointing" Spies is so please tell me what is he suppose to be doing? Funny how no one even bothers to say anything about Simoncelli or Aoyama or even care what they do and have no expectations of them any longer what so ever.



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