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Big changes put Spies back in contention

“The most important thing is I have to thank my crew, they made a huge change to the bike...” – Ben Spies.
After lowly eleventh place finishes in the opening 2012 MotoGP rounds, Ben Spies was back on form in Estoril in Friday, during free for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

The Factory Yamaha star was one of the first riders to venture out in the morning session, braving mixed track conditions of wet and dry to test a 'huge' set-up change.

The new direction proved to be confidence inspiring, Spies topping the morning timesheets then running second fastest in the dry afternoon session, which he finished second to world champion Casey Stoner by 0.321s.

“It's a good feeling today but it's still early, it's Friday,” Spies warned, before adding: “The most important thing is I have to thank my crew, they made a huge change to the bike, not only to the front but we also changed some rider position settings that I asked for and the bike seems good.

“Not only are the lap times fast, it's much easier to ride at that speed than the slower times at Jerez,” he revealed. “Right now the bike is quick and easy to ride, we need to make some more improvements to it. To be in the top three on the first day after two difficult weekends is a positive start.”

“Now it's a matter of some little adjustments, but Ben is up there which is the most important thing,” added team director Massimo Meregalli.

Team-mate and world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was fifth fastest after sitting out the morning session.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Jerez , Ben Spies

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motomoto - Unregistered

May 04, 2012 5:40 PM

err what stonehead? pilloried (whatever that is) 1. Ben never made his reputation about his ego. 2. Vr has always fashioned himself as the godfather of setup, so it's kind of funny that he has to take advice from someone else. 3. who says Ben has change philosophy or borrowed anything from anyone? Shock horror? there has to be a shred of something common for your comment to have any relevance. In point of fact, it seem that Ben is being magnanimous for giving is crew recognition, and going out of his way to not blame them the last 2 races for doing such a poor job. Back to school ,,, play time is over.

SMH - Unregistered

May 04, 2012 6:20 PM

@ anotherstoneinthepond it is ImbEcile. If you want to call someone out at least spell your insult correctly. You look like an imbecile when you don't.



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