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Spies fifth at Aragon, beaten by Dovizioso and Crutchlow

'I struggled a bit with the front tyre today at the beginning and then in the middle of the race' - Ben Spies
Ben Spies was unable to fulfil his early promise at Aragon as he succumbed to the challenge of satellite Yamaha pair Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.

Texan Spies made a strong start to the race to move into third at the first corner behind MotoGP title challenger Dani Pedrosa.

He was soon passed by Stefan Bradl, but the LCR Honda ace immediately crashed out leaving Spies holding third.

The Factory Yamaha rider soon came under increasing pressure from Tech 3 Yamaha duo Dovizioso and Crutchlow, but slipped back on lap 14 as Dovi powered through before Crutchlow followed suit on the 17th lap.

Spies, who holds 10th position in the championship on 88 points, said he was “struggling” with the front tyre of his M1 at Aragon.

“I struggled a bit with the front tyre today at the beginning and then in the middle of the race,” he said.

“I tried to keep Dovi and Cal at bay as long as I could. Once they passed me I tried to hold on to the back of them in case they made a mistake.

“The bike was working well we just didn't have it working as exactly as we needed to stay with them,” he added.

“We did our best [but] they were just too quick in the end.”

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September 30, 2012 8:08 PM

A bit disappointing from Ben today tbh - I guess you could say that after so many machine failures he doesn't yet have confidence in the bike, but you would have thought that the Aragon test might have allowed him to run some race sims to get the setup and tyre selection sorted? I'd expected a tighter battle with the Tech 3 guys today.

Goforit - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 10:10 PM

In my opinion Ben no longer cares about a podium, or possibly even racing, at this point in the year. Emotionally he is a beaten dog awaiting the season's end. Dovi has shown how to be consistent. Cal has shown how to be fast in qualifying, Ben has shown little this year. I'm a Spies fan but all I can think is he wants the pain to end and start fresh. It will be sad when he passes Hayden in points, and he will. For those on here continually ragging this guy, get a life, or at least a hobby or girlfriend.

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