MotoGP » Ben Spies: The moment I decided to leave Yamaha

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The comments that ring loudest for me, on this matter, was the one made by Jarvis at the end of 2011 where he expressed his disappointment in Spies and that he needed to ride more like Lorenzo in 2012, and the other was Spies comment prior to Laguna, where he expressed his relief that he was finally being allowed to run his own settings for the first time in 2012. It seems to me, that Spies was being forced to run Lorenzo's set-up for half the season and it did not work. In the mean time, he lost all confidence in the bike, while wrecking frequently. He was upbeat prior to Laguna and displayed decent pace prior to the race, but was nearly killed by a swing arm with a micro fracture in it, a failure admitted by Yamaha themselves. For those of you whom believe it was damage from a previous wreck that caused the failure, you are wrong. Micro fractures occur during the casting process and are usually detected by ultrasonic testing prior to fabrication of the piece.

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