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"We were mainly fine-tuning the bike and the results seem good. I'm positive for the rest of the year" - Ben Spies.
Ben Spies, still chasing his first podium of 2012 after failing to finish the last three rounds, left this week's private Aragon test feeling optimistic for the end-of-month grand prix at the same circuit.

The Factory Yamaha rider completed 95 laps on Tuesday and a further 76 on Wednesday, the best of which was 0.7s behind pace-setting team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Spies, who will leave Yamaha at the end of this season and be replaced by Valentino Rossi, worked on the general base set-up of his M1, as well as race set-up and tyre life specifically for the Aragon Grand Prix.

Like Lorenzo, Spies conclude testing with a race simulation run.

“We basically tested the bike over race distance here and completed a race simulation to set the bike up with a focus on the end of the race,” said Spies.

“We worked on some different fork and shock settings and a little bit of electronics but nothing major.

“We were mainly fine-tuning the bike and the results seem good. I'm positive for the rest of the year. The package we have now was good over the race simulation so I'm optimistic for the race.”

The San Marino Grand Prix at Misano will be held on September 14-16, followed by the Aragon event.

Pramac Ducati is the latest team to be mentioned in connection with Spies for 2013.



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Giancarlo Falappa - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 10:06 PM

It has been obvious to me that Ben was never as comfortable/happy at the factory Yamaha team as he was at Tech 3.For whatever reason or set of circumstances he has never seemed as content as he had been in spite of winning a race and very nearly another in most impressing form.Wherever he goes next I hope that he receives a full werkes machine be it HRC or Ducati.I like the idea of at least three full werkes Ducati with the common goal of winning or at least competing well with whatever setup works best for each and all of the riders.Best of luck to them all,and may everyone return home fully fit and well.GF

riddle me this... - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 10:30 PM

It seems to me that Yamaha MotoGP is an absolutely toxic environment. How does a team rocket to the top after being in Honda's shadow for 20 years and then let Valentino walk under bad circumstances and then lose Spies also under bad circumstances, all in the span of two years. There's a photo of Rossi wrapping his arms around Furusawa in a bear hug and carrying him, both with big smiles and laughing. I've never seen anybody smile or laugh in the Yamaha box for a couple years now. I can't help but think there's some management at Yamaha that needs to be shown the door.



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