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Spies can't wait for Qatar

"We're going to give it 100% and put on a good show!" - Ben Spies.
Expectations are high for Ben Spies during his third MotoGP season, which begins under the floodlights in Qatar this weekend.

The Texan claimed his first race win on the way to fifth in the championship last year, but was rarely about to match the form of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on the final incarnation of Yamaha's 800cc M1.

But this year's 1000cc machines are a more natural fit for the former AMA and World Superbike champion, who has been ahead of former MotoGP champion Lorenzo during three of the nine days of pre-season testing.

Spies will surely be content with nothing less than a podium finish on Sunday.

“Finally! I think testing can get a bit dull after a while so I'm happy we now get to go and do some racing at last,” said Spies. “We've worked really hard over the winter; the Yamaha Engineers have done a great job so we've got a pretty good bike to race with at the weekend.

“Let's get out there on Thursday and start finding a set up and see how it feels. It's always special to race at night under the lights, we're going to give it 100% and put on a good show!”

“Ben has always been strong at Qatar, also in World Superbike. The Losail circuit layout is very suitable for our bike characteristics so we should do well!” added team director Massimo Meregalli.

Spies finished sixth on his factory Yamaha debut at Qatar last season.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Ben Spies , Qatar

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April 03, 2012 3:30 PM
Last Edited 711 days ago

@inconcenience Rossi was gonna fix that lack of front end feeling on the Duc wasn't he and we all know how that turned out. This thread is about Ben..Nothing to do with Rossi,I can't beleave after the utter Failure of last season people are still bringing Rossi's name into every post.. Go Yamaha!! Go Ben!!


April 03, 2012 3:19 PM

@ Inconvenience He did something Rossi couldn't last year, don't forget that. And think about this, everyone is so quick to say "Oh Rossi had to adjust to the bike..." or the team or something. This is the first year since 2008 that Ben is with the SAME TEAM for the second year in a row. He also had to adjust from Production bikes. And lastly, it's not like he's racing against complete muppets...... He beat some big names last year, and the year before that in fact!

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