Zaphod wrote:Tour de France ?
After Estoril he said, and I quote "I made two big mistakes in the first laps.....my fault, and I lost alot of time. Then I made another one when I was chasing Rossi with 8 laps to go and almost Highsided.I'm out of the championship now, but at least I am building confidence in the bike."
The bit in bold itallics is one of the strangest sentences I have read a GP rider (other than the ramblings of Biaggi, or JK) make, 3 rounds into a season. Especially for someone under pressure like he is to keep his seat.
Just doesn't sound right. Giving up already.
Rossifumi wrote:I always saw Spies as more of a 'Dovi' than an alien. A good rider deserving of a ride in motoGP and capable of good results and the odd win but never likely to consistently run with the front-runners. This year has started badly and he's very obviously at the bottom end of his performance window! but I never saw him making the step up to Lorenzo's level and in that scenario riders don't tend to hang on to top factory rides for more than 2 or 3 seasons; there's always someone new to give a chance. I very much doubt he'll hang on to the factory Yamaha for next season so the question is: satellite motoGP, WSBK or back home to AMA?
Rossifumi wrote:Gar wrote:I feel Dovizioso had two years on a factory bike, time for someone else to give it a go. Dovi won one race, a wet/dry lottery, and looked good but not like a champion.
This is pretty much exactly my stance re Spies
Faster1 wrote:Ben's interviews have always been professional, void of emotion and finger pointing
Faster1 wrote:so I can't see how anyone can read into his mind-set.
Gar wrote:That said, Team Yamaha knows better than we do exactly what Spies' issues are - they may not be looking at a replacement yet.
team director Massimo Meregalli said he expected Spies to bounce back at Barcelona.
"We were expecting a different race but unfortunately this bad luck doesn't want to disappear," Meregalli said. "We're looking forward to Barcelona, we won't give up and we will get back up to where we belong with Ben."
Cam D wrote:If the fans of the sport were doing the hiring and firing, no one would get more than 3 months on a MotoGP bike. Casey had lost it, Vale has lost it, Max had lost it, Checa never had it, Dani is an also ran.... and now Ben has lost it/never had it. Have you guys been reading the posts on the main site? Christ... it's like 15 year olds sniping at each other. The comment section really has deteriorated to the point of becoming unreadable. There are so many things going on that we have no knowledge about, but so many difinitve statements are made determining exactly what is going on. It's impossible for us to know, but there never seems to be leniency or understanding, or respect for the rider and his situation.
I haven't seen a rider forget how to ride, so it makes me lean towards something in the team relationship that is not working. Could be communication, could be incompetence? Only they know.
Something that was pointed out by a diligent contributor on the main site. The guys that all had spin issues at the start were on the right side of the track where Simon went down. Apparently there was speculation that oil caused Ben to spin up, and consequently hit his head and misplace/misalign the visor on his helmet. Once that happened the race was over. Not surprised if he seemed a little beaten. Too many things going wrong, but it could all turn around pretty quickly with a few hassle free weekends. jmo
edit: nice to finally hear a little support from the team.
tom wrote:I know this place is probably the least guilty of all the motorcycling forums on the net in regard to this phenomenon but it is still worth us keeping in mind that these guys are not really the supermen we believe them to be and our opinion can cut deep.
phil wrote:tom wrote:I know this place is probably the least guilty of all the motorcycling forums on the net in regard to this phenomenon but it is still worth us keeping in mind that these guys are not really the supermen we believe them to be and our opinion can cut deep.
Well said that man.
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