WSBK » Spies stars as Portimao test begins.

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Nitro Nori

November 05, 2008 2:29 PM

Impressed to see Shakey Byrne posting 1.45's having never seen the place before !! Same sort of times as Biaggi who has had several practice / quali sessions round Portimao, plus two full races (albeit not on the Aprillia). Byrne may also be on an RS08, whereas come next year (being contracted directly to Ducati) he may well have a full-on F09 (or very near to it). Go Shakey... give 'em all a damn good run for their money. Better still... win it in 2009.

Mr Bojangles - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 2:40 PM

has a rookie ever won the WSBK title? Given how high the competition will be next year, if Spies were able to accomplish the overall win would be incredible. Personally, I think he will finish 3rd overall - new bike, new team, new tracks, new culture, new countries, new food, new EVERYTHING. He is from me it doesn't get much different than Texas and Italy.

One thing Spies loves is banging elbows and moving up spots, something other prominent Americans like Hayden and Edwards seem lack. I think Spies overall stature will hold him back a bit in motoGP as he is not a midget, but in all honesty, he has the promise to be as good as Bayliss (seriously). :-o

Matt - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 2:47 PM

It's probably better this way than if Spies went to MotoGP. The Suzuki is a dog and can only get near the front when it's wet outside. Better to take a ride he can win on and further impress the good teams in the top class than take a bad ride in the top class and finish mid-pack.

Impressive stuff so far. I think he's a bit of a dullard, but looking fast out the gate already is impressive.

wayne blythen

November 05, 2008 3:37 PM

spies has got talent but it's to early to say that he will win the championship.has for him going to tech 3 if toseland has a good season then edwards seat will go to simoncelli from 250cc.spies will have to realy learn is craft in wsbk there will be more challenges instead of the spies maladin ding dongs.but good luck to him

Mark Lewellen - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 4:16 PM

Having watched Ben Spies from the time he was about 12 years old on a 125cc at Oak Hill race track in Henderson, TX I have seen him go from a devistatingly fast club racer to an unbelievably fast racer period.

For anyone who has not seen the Spies/Mladin races in person, you cannot appreciate how much faster than the rest of the field these guys are. They typically finish several corners ahead of the 3rd place bikes in EVERY SINGLE RACE. On a couple of tracks where horsepower matters, it is a little closer, but not by much.

Also, Spies was offered rides in MotoGP on sattelite teams, which he wisely turned down. This will get him a Yamaha MotoGP ride.

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