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‘Bad day at the office’ for Ben Spies

“I didn't have a good feeling with the bike, it was a pretty pathetic race really for me” – Ben Spies.
Having sunk to eleventh with massive race-night chatter in Qatar, Ben Spies had been looking to restart his season in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

The signs were good after qualifying sixth on the grid, but race day saw another shock decline.

While Factory Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo battled Casey Stoner for victory, Spies plummeted to eleventh place within seven laps, where he remained to the finish.

“I don't really know what happened,” confessed Spies. “I got off to a pretty good start from the line but after that I didn't have a good feeling with the bike, it was a pretty pathetic race really for me.

“I've apologized to the team and we've had a long meeting about what I was feeling with the bike.

“I just wasn't comfortable, I rode as hard as I could but the speed just wasn't there. We need to find something because we can see the Yamahas are working well but my feeling with the bike is not great. It was a bad day at the office today.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Jerez , Ben Spies

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April 30, 2012 9:15 AM

A good racer doesn't become a bad one overnight. There's clearly something about the bike that's not working for Ben right now. Hopefully the team can find solutions soon because we need all the top guys at the front for good racing.


April 30, 2012 10:01 AM

. . . absolutely disasterous start for Ben this year, but people saying the guy has lost it are ridiculous, he obviously has some issues with the bike, or maybe in his head, but his potential hasnt changed, its just a question of whether he can live up to it and find a solution. he does really need to find a solution asap though as Cal looks to have improved ten-fold this year and is obviously really enjoying the 1000, which is fantastic to see for us brits, finally! Lets hope we see a top drawer battle between Cal and Ben over the rest of the season, it would be great for us racing fans!

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