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Spies: Team manager almost fainted!

“I thought team manager Massimo Meregalli was going to faint!” - Ben Spies.
Former World Superbike champion Ben Spies has revealed that the excitement of closing his 2009 deal with Yamaha was almost too much for team manager Massimo Meregalli.

Spies, who had just won his third successive AMA Superbike title for Suzuki, looked set for a full-time 2009 MotoGP ride after finishing sixth as a wild-card for Rizla Suzuki at Indianapolis.

But a MotoGP deal was never done and instead Yamaha was able to tempt the Texan away from Suzuki and into WSBK.

It was an inspired move and Meregalli's excitement certainly proved justified, with Spies going on to win 14 races and Yamaha's first ever WSBK title in his rookie season.

“When I flew over to sign for Yamaha World Superbike [for 2009], I thought team manager Massimo Meregalli was going to faint!” Spies told the official Yamaha Indonesia website at the recent Jerez MotoGP round.

“He was so excited about the possibility to work with me. It was an honour to give him the championship.”

The WSBK success enabled Spies to land a Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP seat for 2010, and then a full factory M1 ride for 2011 - where he has once again teamed up with Meregalli, who became team director of the Factory Yamaha outfit this season.


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Bliz - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 8:39 PM

I agree with janey that this is strangely old news, but I don't remember Ben ever being full of himself. He's always been soft spoken and humble, choosing his words wisely. I suppose if you don't like him it's possible to read something into his words that aren't there---but that's on you not Ben.

allaboutthebenjamins - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 3:37 PM

I can still remember all the haters and doubters who commented on Spies not being worthy of a WSBK ride. Or a MotoGP ride!!! Nice to see some cross sides to support Spies considering nearly 75% of the comments on this site were just to bash him a couple of years ago. I still remember the comments made after Phillip Island race 1 where he ran off course and people already wrote him off.



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