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Spies confident of early race pace

"If I'd been on this bike last year I don't think I'd have had so much of a problem in the first five laps" - Ben Spies
Ben Spies won't have to work on his early race speed as much as he thought, after discovering that the latest version of the Yamaha M1 has improved one of his few weaknesses from last season.

The Texan, a satellite Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider last year, was often one of the fastest riders at the end of a race, but time lost in the opening five laps limited his potential.

Crash.net asked Spies, who has graduated to the Factory Yamaha Team for 2011, about his progress in that area.

“Yeah for sure, I think personally I've improved with that,” he replied. “Also, in saying that, if I'd been on this bike last year I don't think I'd have had so much of a problem in the first five laps.

“I'm not so upset about it, because now I don't think I was doing a lot of things wrong.

“It was just the package - not holding me back - but it just wasn't able to do that [get up to speed] in the first few laps. So it's something I don't think I need to work on as much as I thought.”

Spies took two podiums and one pole position on his way to sixth, and top rookie, in the 2010 world championship.

He finished the second Sepang test as the top Yamaha in fifth place.


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

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SteveNG - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 10:54 AM

I think Ben's a real chance to beat Jorge this year. That's going to be one of the fascinating intra-team battles along with the competition within Repsol Honda.

Yeah Right - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 2:10 PM

Given no chance against Maladin.... Surely was out of his league against Haga... Can't keep up with Lorenzo... Already beaten by the Hondas... Some still count this guy out... Some never learn...



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