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Spies happy with M1 balance

“The bike's got a good balance, we just need to fine-tune it" - Ben Spies.
Just days after the unexpected announcement that he will leave Yamaha at the end of this year, Ben Spies was back on track in front of his home US fans at Laguna Seca.

The Texan, who will be seeking his first US GP podium on Sunday, spent time working on used tyres during the two Friday practice sessions and was pleased with the outcome.

Spies' best lap of the day put him in fourth place, 0.620s from Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, but just 0.286s from Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

“Today was good, we worked on a lot of laps on the soft tyre in the morning when the track wasn't so great but not too bad either,” said Spies.

“We did a lot of laps on the old tyres and the bike was pretty quick so I'm happy with that.

“The bike's got a good balance, we just need to fine-tune it to get a few more tenths out of it, but I think for race pace we're looking good.”

Spies is yet to announce his 2013 plans.



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RossiProtege

July 28, 2012 7:52 AM
Last Edited 1589 days ago

Spies is a very capable rider, how the pressure affected him doesnt change the rotten luck he has endured with the crap crew, tyre problems, and other **** people are oblivious to which I like to group into one word: politics. He does deserve to stay in MotoGP, MotoGP can sometimes chew you and spit you out. Melandri is a testament to this. We all know how he has been racing in WSBK, but not everyone knows of how he was an 'alien' in his own right when he was with the Telefonica Movistar Honda Team in the 990cc era. Ducati's bike ended his MotoGP career. He did very well on the Hayate Kawi considering the absence of factory support. Ben deserves to stay and be given more of a chance, Melandri deserves another shot.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

July 28, 2012 8:04 AM

Ben Spies has enough money that he can afford to choose what series he races in. If he wanted to (or wants to) stay in MotoGP he will. As far as does he have the talent to be in MotoGP - of course he does - anyone with multiple podiums, never mind a win deserves a ride. A lot of Brits like the guy including me. I thought if he came to WSBK he would win and he did. I didn't expect him to challenge the aliens or win a title in MotoGP and he hasn't,but the guy is still a great rider and has earned and deserves respect.



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