Japhrodisiac wrote:Ben has certainly not forgotten how to ride - he has put in fast laps at every round so far this year.
His attitude and the manner in which he comes across in interviews this year is perplexing though. He seems to not be bothered by it all - so either he really isn't bothered and thinks it's just a run of bad luck which will end promptly, or he has lost interest/passion atm.
I believe in him and think that he will turn things around very soon with a series of good performances.
Zaphod wrote:Question for Krop.
Is there any info you can give in regards to where the problems with Spies and the team stem from ? I too would like to see him perform to the level his talent would have us to believe is possible. It seem to the naked eye though, that all is far from well in that side of the garage, excluding what he pulled off at Le Mans, he seems to be down in the mouth a bit...especially with his comment after Estoril that "the championship is over"
Admitedly, that comment may mean that he feels he can no longer run a chance of being World Champ, although it could also be that he means he doesn't feel like he will even finish in a good championship position.
There is a lot of conjecture in regards to the team, for instance the cracked frame, not putting in the effort.
What do you see from where you are ?
Gustav O wrote:He did very well at Valencia after that PI crash so I don´t know if that is the problem.
tz250w wrote:Gustav O wrote:He did very well at Valencia after that PI crash so I don´t know if that is the problem.
That's true. I can't remember if he crashed at all there or not during practice / QP. If he did, my little theory is bunk...
Spies is where he is because he changed his approach to racing. At the start of the season he was setting up his Yamaha and riding it in a way that was foreign to him, but worked for the other three Yamaha riders, teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. Spies admits he was riding it as “the Yamaha needs to be ridden and that’s where a few weekends ago I just decided I’m going to ride like I need to ride and set the bike up like I feel we need to do and that’s what we’ve been doing and since then it’s been progressing. But for sure at the beginning of the year, even taking that out of account, there was some misfortune, a little bit of bad luck and also just some bad confidence. But definitely the approach to how I’m riding the bike has changed, obviously.”
“It’s just for me, it’s always more braking, a little less corner speed and corner exit when I’m not that great at braking early and the high corner speed,” Spies said. “I don’t like to brake early. I like to brake as late as I can and that’s how I’ve always been, so that’s kind of what I’ve reverted to. I haven’t really reverted back to anything, I’ve just got on the bike and however I feel like I need to go fast to make the lap time that’s what I do. I don’t try to follow lines by line on data and try to be a different rider, just do what we’ve got here by riding the way I’ve ridden the past six, seven years and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
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