WSBK » Spies stars as Portimao test begins.

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Matt - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 8:50 PM

Shakey definitely ran well today, but that was on last years spec DUC. Just incase anyone failed to notice though, Yamaha made it very clear on Monday that the 09 R1 Spies is on is completely stock in respect to the motor. They are running the same WSBK spec suspension on it but as for the motor, other than some maps and exhaust along with any other thing the average person could purchase for it, you could deem it stock. Plus all these are brand new parts that are still in development. There is no way you could say a 1 43.9 is not impressive. That bike along with Spies have a lot more in them, I don't believe with any doubht that he will be in contention for the championship next yr.

Nitro Nori

November 05, 2008 8:51 PM

Midlife - my point exactly. So Byrne is now also right down to Bayliss's winning race pace round a circuit that he hasn't had anywhere near the amount of track-time that Bayliss & co had throughout the Portimao WSBK round i.e. 2 days practice / qualifying & 2 full races.

Where did you find out Shakers had got into the 1.43's ? Or are you actually part of the test crew there in Portimao ? Thanks for the info.

Nitro Nori

November 05, 2008 8:57 PM

Thanks Matt. So Shakey was on an RS08 (with some trick bits if it was Biaggi's) then, rather than an F08, and certainly not an F09. Spies was on a stock(ish) '09 R1. Let's see Shakey on an F09, or even an RS09 + bits and see what the times are then.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 10:44 PM

Mighty impressive stuff, but a few corrections and observations - Spies fast times were set on an ex-Haga 08 R1 - This is in the report on the MCN site. No one has commented on the track condition - it was very dirty because contractors vehicles were still driving on track until the end of last week. It remained very dirty off line which is why any mistakes were severly punished by riders losing multiple places - Haslam had said in an interview the week before that a deviation from the racing line could see a rider lose 3 seconds. The track got much faster on Sunday - some riders were 38 seconds faster in race 2 than race 1. So a note of caution - the track could easily have gained 1 or 2 ..

Fakaro - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 11:09 PM

Denning seriously screwed up by not signing Spies for 09. What's even dumber is how AFTER he signed Capirossi he made statements about how they needed to start looking at younger talent for the future.

And though I'm from the USA, and this could sound like home pride, it would not surprise me to see Spies challenge for a WSBK title once he learns the tracks. Possibly even by 2010. He IS in fact, the real deal and a true championship caliber racer.

What surprises me more than Spies' performance though is that Parkalgar didn't try VERY hard to keep Josh Hayes around, especially after showing what he could do when on even footing.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 11:29 PM

Wednesday test times - this time Spies was on the 2009 R1.

1. Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati 1098) 1'43.6
2. Ben Spies (Yamaha YZR R1 2009) 1'43.9
3. Max Biaggi (Aprilia RSV-4 2009) 1'44.1
4. Tom Sykes (Yamaha YZR R1 2008) 1'44.3
5. Roberto Rolfo (Stiggy Honda 2008) 1'44.6
6. Leon Haslam (Stiggy Honda 2008) 1'44.7
7. Regis Laconi (DFX Honda 2008) 1'45.5

Fakaro - I beleive Hayes wanted to race in WSS, but Yamaha offerred him 4 times the money for AMA duty.

Donnie Brasco - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 11:37 PM

Looking at those test times, the Aprillia is looking very handy indeed. Admittedly,their not going for out and out fast laps times, but that's a good time 'from the box' as it were. Shakey's looking fast too. Ps. Suzuki should have kept hold of Spies, cos they won't be getting him back anytime soon....

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