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Spies makes speed start to 2011

"Things change fast in this sport, but I'm 100% that Yamaha is going to have a great bike for the rest of this year" - Ben Spies.
New factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies laughed off a 'ridiculous' fall early on the first day of 2011 MotoGP testing at Sepang.

The accident limited his testing options, but not his speed, as the Texan returned to set the second fastest lap time before packing up early.

“I have no clue [laughs]!” Spies said of the fall. “I was on my out-lap, I think it was my third lap, and I just lost the front. It put a damper on testing some things, but actually it made the day easier because we didn't concentrate on anything, just rode.

“It was just a ridiculous lowside. I told the guys 'I was going slow, I don't even know what the hell happened'. But we got straight up to speed and everything was fine.”

Spies rode for 29 laps - his fastest of 2min 2.332sec being his 24th - before calling it a day at around 4pm. Testing finishes at 6pm.

“It's easy to overdo it on the first day so we did just enough laps to get my head back up to speed, because we have a lot to look at for Yamaha and Bridgestone tomorrow and the next day,” he explained.

“Today we went through two sets of tyres, worked on a little bit of the electronics and really they just let me ride.

“It was my first day with the new team and they were fantastic. We just took it slow, didn't skip over any details and were done early.

“We ended up going faster than we did in the race. I'm confident with the team and the bike package overall is much better than last year. And there is more to come for it and from me too.

“Yamaha has a great motorcycle. It won the world title and has won so many races. Things change fast in this sport, but I'm 100% that Yamaha is going to have a great bike for the rest of this year.”

Spies was the top Yamaha rider by the time he packed up, although team-mate and reigning world champion Lorenzo later moved ahead of him and is presently leading the timesheets.




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Sweeble

February 01, 2011 9:40 AM

I'm presuming that all the comments indicating that Rossi can somehow take the credit for Ben Spies' testing speed are trolls and looking to provoke dispute. Ben Spies is super talented, makes his own speed and is a dark horse for the title. I am a fan of Stoner, Rossi and Spies and don't see the need to slag off other riders when making a positive comment about them.

. Lucifer

February 01, 2011 9:02 AM

Glad to hear no injury to Ben and good to see him doing so well in the test. I like this comment...“It was just a ridiculous lowside. I told the guys 'I was going slow, I don't even know what the hell happened'. I remember a Ducati rider saying the same thing and absolutey got panned for it by a particular Spies fan on this forum. It can and will happen to the best of them.



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