MotoGP »

Spies: We'll honour Simoncelli in best way

“We will honour 'Sic' in the best way we know how, by going out on track and giving 100% as always” – Ben Spies.
Ben Spies heads for this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP - and one-year anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's tragic accident - intending to honour Simoncelli 'in the best way we know'.

Spies withdrew from last year's Malaysian race after struggling with injuries from the previous Australian event and was a special guest for Dorna's live TV commentary when Simoncelli's accident occurred.

“It's a strange feeling to come back here after last year. We will honour 'Sic' in the best way we know how, by going out on track and giving 100% as always,” said Spies.

The Texan returns to Sepang fresh from the latest twist in his nightmare 2012 season - brake problems causing him to run-off and fall while holding third place early in last Sunday's Japanese GP.

“Last weekend was yet another disappointment with brake issues, I really hope we can have a trouble free time here in Sepang and show our true podium potential,” said Spies, who is just tenth in the Championship, with five non-scores.

Spies has only competed once at Sepang, taking fourth place in his rookie 2010 season, but knows the track well from winter testing.

“With very positive test results in the pre-season we are confident that Ben will also show his true potential here and we expect a trouble-free weekend to allow him to do that,” said team director Massimo Meregalli.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Simoncelli, Spies, Italian MotoGP 2011
Rossi, displaying Simoncelli`s number, 58, on his helmet. Austrian MotoGP Race 2016
Banner, Dutch Moto3 2016
Abraham makes KTM debut (pic: Marco Campelli KTM Media Library)
Vinales, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Rossi, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Pol Espargaro, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Smith, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Rossi, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Barbera, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Laverty and Iannone, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Barbera and Baz, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Stoner and Redding, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


584343 - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 3:08 PM

I'm no Spies fan, and there have definitely been some errors on his part this year, but I gotta give it to the guy: with all the problems he has suffered this year, I'm surprised he has any confidence in the bike at all. He's still making the odd mistake, but he's at least pushing on a bike that has probably been the most catostrophic in the paddock - I'll give him props for that.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.