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Ben Spies sixth fastest in Malaysia on day one

'It wasn't worth taking any risks with the track being half dry and half wet so we'll wait for tomorrow and see what happens' - Ben Spies
Ben Spies will aim to make up ground tomorrow after a testing opening day at the Malaysian MotoGP.

The sport's current unluckiest rider, who registered another DNF last time out at Motegi as a result of brake issues on his Factory Yamaha, was sixth fastest during free practice at Sepang ahead of round 16 of the championship.

The ex-World Superbike champion, who will leave Yamaha at the end of the season and join Pramac Ducati, clocked a best lap in a time of 2m 02.358s to finish FP1 0.7s behind Dani Pedrosa.

“This morning was pretty normal, the track wasn't so great and we had some electronic issues that hindered us a little but the bike was working pretty well,” said Spies, who completed one lap in the afternoon before calling it a day.

“We were hoping to get a good session in this afternoon but the rain was against us.

“It wasn't worth taking any risks with the track being half dry and half wet so we'll wait for tomorrow and see what happens.”

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TheBaron - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 1:20 PM

I do not think you need to wonder about 'darker reasons.' It would appear to be incompetence. A sub-frame cracked in practice at Qatar, not picked up. A misaligned chassis at Laguna Seca that breaks a suspension link... However, the blown engine at Indy cannot be blamed on the pit crew, nor can the over-heated brakes at Motegi. Spies needs to get away from those clowns. Wonder if his manager is smart enough to have talked with Stoner's long-serving and very talented pit crew? They are the only ones who have put together a winning Ducati effort.

john cranberry - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 12:15 PM

How much long will Spies continue to let his crews ruin his career. Has anyone heard any problem for Jorge Lorenzo's side for every racetrack???? FF sake, get rid of them and I sincerely hope that you dont bring them to Ducati next year.

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