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Ben Spies hampered during hot qualifying lap at Assen

'Unfortunately one of the CRT bikes got in the way on my qualifying lap. I know they are out there trying to do their thing as well so it's difficult' - Ben Spies
Ben Spies cut a frustrated figure at Assen on Friday after he was hampered set-up changes and then a slower rider in qualifying.

The Texan had been fastest on his works Yamaha YZR-M1 on day one at the Dutch TT, but will start tomorrow's race from the second row of the grid in sixth.

The American, who claimed his maiden MotoGP success at Assen in 2011, went the 'wrong direction' with set-up changes in the morning before reverting back to Thursday's settings.

"Qualifying was a frustrating experience," Spies said.

"We tried a setting this morning and went backwards so the first bit of qualifying we tried a modified setting from yesterday which again wasn't working so well.

"We went back to yesterday's set-up with a minor change but only got one lap in, which turned out to be my fastest lap,” he added.

"Unfortunately one of the CRT bikes got in the way on my qualifying lap. I know they are out there trying to do their thing as well so it's difficult."

"Ben was on form for a best lap until T9 when he caught a slower CRT rider who closed the door on him and he lost his lap," confirmed team director Massimo Meregalli.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Assen , Ben Spies

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Twist - Unregistered

June 29, 2012 5:46 PM

Most of you guys are idiots that say dumb things. I'd love to see any of you compete in anything worth mentioning and be flawless throughout life. These boards stink of jealousy!

Hookem

June 29, 2012 6:22 PM

I understand some of the wishful thinking here at crashnet for Mr. Crutchlow to take Mr. Spies seat at Yamaha next year. I personally think it is great that Cal is having what I consider great results this year in MotoGP. Gutsy performance at Silverstone. Not the world beater results that some here at crashnet seem to think it was in my opinion anyway. How many times has Cal stood on the podium? How many races has Mr. Crutchlow won? Ben is having an awful year thus far. No doubt about it. But to pronounce him DOA for the rest of the season and not being able to salvage his seat with Yamaha I feel is a wee-bit premature. I hope Cal gets on the box this year and even wins a race. Tired...Really tired of the same ole "usual suspects" winning all the races. Lets not forget that Ben Spies has stood on the podium and actually won a race in MotoGP. How many other riders have won a dry race in the 800cc era? Here is hoping Ben finally puts it all together when the green flag drops.



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