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How exactly does 33 OWN him...?
I agree fully. I know many people scream "EXCUSES" when I bring this up, but I read a "Performance Bikes" interview with him in 2010/2011 (can't remember which) where he gave a little more insight into that year at Yamaha. The team was built around Ben. Ben was allowed to choose his own crew, etc. Tom was not. His crew BARELY spoke english and almost NEVER took his suggestions into account, leaving him running on Spies' settings.. I think he has grown into such a strong team leader, specially as he is actually quite good with setup and development riding...