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Spies satisfied with first test of 2012

"This whole test all we changed were the front spring and the rear spring. Geometry wise we didn't touch anything" - Ben Spies.
Ben Spies needed only minor changes to the mechanical set-up of his 1000cc Yamaha to finish in fourth place during this week's Sepang MotoGP test.

The 2011 Assen winner left the first of the two Malaysian tests 0.888sec behind Honda's world champion Casey Stoner - but less than three tenths from team-mate and top M1 rider Jorge Lorenzo, in second.

“It was a good day,” said Spies. “We worked more with the bike, back-to-back testing a couple of different set-ups and some weight distribution.”

Spies revealed he has only just scratched the surface in terms of adjustments for the new M1 which, at present, looks a much closer match for the factory Hondas relative to last year's 800cc machine.

“I can honestly say, this whole test all we changed were the front spring and the rear spring. Geometry wise we didn't touch anything," he said.

“We did do a lot of work with just the electronics. Fine tuning it, because it's definitely different with the 1000. Then some tyre work for Bridgestone.

“I also tried the Yamaha test rider's bike which had a slightly different set up to make a fair comparison with mine. I made a small mistake, losing the front [and falling] but that's testing!”

Like Lorenzo, Spies is hoping for further electronic developments to smooth out power delivery in time for the next Sepang test at the end of this month - but added that Yamaha has much bigger modifications in the pipeline.

“You never know [Yamaha] could show up with another swing-arm, chassis and engine. They say they are working on everything. It's just the timing,” he said.

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Wacko - Unregistered

February 02, 2012 7:33 PM

One thing is certain. Based on all rider comments during this test the 1000’s will take some serious fitness and body strength to hang onto over race distance. That would seem to favor the larger more physical riders over race distance. Will we see guys like Nicky and Ben put back on a few pounds that they took off to compete with the flyweights? Not sure yet. But when it comes to Fitness, Spies has that box checked!


February 02, 2012 10:01 PM

Oh come on you guys. I know a bunch of you click the downvote button on RawDawg's posts without even reading them, but as another long-time race fan who remembers the crushing boredom of watching Doohan run away week after week and year after year, I am amazed by the rose-tinted glasses some of you view the old 500 racing through.

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