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Spies suffers 'wasted' session

"I need to check the data to confirm it but I put the blame firmly on myself for it" - Ben Spies.
Ben Spies held his hands up and took full responsibility for an early accident in that contributed to his final MotoGP practice session in Qatar being 'wasted'.

The Texan had just embarked on a race simulation when he lost the front-end of his Factory Yamaha. Spies then suffered an electrical problem on his spare bike, leaving him eleventh by the close of the session, having completed just eight laps.

“It was a rough session tonight, we've had a good weekend up to now, unfortunately tonight was the most important session for us,” said Spies. “I went out to do a race simulation and I think I didn't let the front tyre heat up properly. I need to check the data to confirm it but I put the blame firmly on myself for it. Unfortunately the second bike just didn't run right so a wasted session for us.”

“Unfortunately Ben crashed and we couldn't test a different set up,” added team director Massimo Meregalli. “When he jumped on the second bike it had an electrical problem that didn't permit us to continue with the session. We tried to fix it but it wasn't possible within the time so we have missed a session. The guys are going to have a long night to be ready for tomorrow.”

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was fastest.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Ben Spies , Qatar

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April 06, 2012 10:48 PM

lol Oh please. He's been fast in the 1st 2 sessions and has been battling with the leaders. If he crash in the 3rd session and had been slow in the first 2 than I could see a need to worry. But no that's not the case. Because his #2 bike had some issuses that couldn't be fixed in a timed session is nothing to get all bent out of shape about and say the sky is falling.

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April 06, 2012 10:38 PM

Yikes - I hate to say starting to look like last year with the odd issues but this kinda feels like it. If I remember right last year here he ran a good race but had a strange start. I can see binning it but to have your spare bike have an electrical issue does not sound right no matter what. I'm actually glad he pushed it too hard and lost the front end. I think we need to see a bit more of that until he figures out how far he can push it in the begining of races - been waiting for him to due that for a couple years now :) Keep pushing it and don't back off! Best of luck and go Ben!

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