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Ben Spies heads for most successful circuit

“I'm hoping we can make it three years in a row on the podium here!” - Ben Spies
It would be no surprise if Ben Spies is to end his 2012 podium drought at Indianapolis this weekend.

The Texan, who will leave the Factory Yamaha team for an unknown destination at the end of this year, has qualified on the front row and finished on the podium at Indy for the past two seasons.

It is the only circuit on the calendar where the one-time MotoGP race winner has enjoyed repeat podium success.

“It's going to be great to get out in front of all the US fans again, I love racing in America, the reception is always awesome,” he said “ Indy is a track we go well at, and is pretty special to me for my first GP podium. I'm hoping we can make it three years in a row on the podium here!”

Spies' best finish so far this year is a fourth place and he crashed out of the previous US round after yet more race day drama, this time in the form of a collapsed swingarm.

Team director Massimo Meregalli is hoping Spies can pick up where he left off before his accident at Laguna Seca.

“It's the second home race for Ben so expectations are quite high as he's always performed well here,” he said. “He was riding a very strong race in Laguna until the technical issue cased his crash so we are expecting that speed and form to continue here. We are confident he can fight to be on the podium for the third year running.”

Valentino Rossi will replace Spies at Yamaha next year.




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dc - Unregistered

August 13, 2012 10:23 PM

Yamaha was ready to give him a contract at Indy IF Rossi had decided to stay at Ducati. Yamaha would rather have Rossi's sponsorship money than anyone else on their bike. So Ben basically said "F This" and told Yamaha to piss off. These sorts of decisions don't happen over a weekend. Rossi had been talking to Yamaha for awhile I think, I trying to wait and see if Ducati was actually going to get off their A$$ and work on the bike. I'm sure Ben just got plain sick of Yamaha and Lin Jarvis screwing around with his future, so he decided to go elsewhere. The boy has a lot of pride, and plainly didn't like being ****ed around like this.

Dont mess with Texas - Unregistered

August 13, 2012 10:08 PM
Last Edited 743 days ago

I believe it was Spies who said "I have chosen to leave Yamaha after this season for a litany of reasons.I WILL EXPLAIN MORE WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE." He has had enough of the BULL**** and HE said goodbye. I have spoke with him at Road America years ago and was so impressed by this quiet polite youg man. He is a champion full of class and whatever MOTO GP did to make him want to leave must be bad. There is no longer any reason to watch MOTO GP.



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