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Spies reveals tension at Yamaha

“We had our problem at Assen with the tyre, which was not Yamaha's fault, and also at Silverstone. But at Qatar and here and Laguna, we've had three mechanical problems with the bike. I wouldn't say it's Yamaha's fault at all. It's just been bad luck, too.

“Why it's happening to me, I don't know. There was a big frustration level, I'd say, about a month ago. But now it's just... we go to Brno, and I just kind of wonder what's going to happen next."

Spies, who is just tenth in the championship with a best finish of fourth this year, will be replaced by Valentino Rossi next season. The former World Superbike champion, with Yamaha, is yet to announce his 2013 plans.

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo leads the championship and finished second at Indianapolis after Spies' smokey exit.

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westerner - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 11:48 PM

We're done with Yamaha. It's obvious they are sabotaging Spies's bike even if he he doesn't want to say so. I challenge anyone in the history of motorcycle racing to find a factory bike that has had this many problems in a single season. Each time risking Spies's life and career. And somehow Lorenzo's bike is 100% perfect. Even when Spies' bike doesn't completely fail you can see it doesn't handle well compared to JLo's bike that looks like it's on rails. My family and I are boycotting Yamaha until Lin Jarvis is fired. Lin Jarvis is the one who wanted Spies out so Rossi could come back. This has been in the works since before the season began.

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