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Matthew Birt  says:

Ben Spies: ‘I have to earn factory chance’

Ben Spies reckons he’s still got to show Yamaha he’s worthy of a seat alongside Valentino Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo in 2011. The Texan has a two-year deal with Yamaha and has been heavily linked with a move to partner Rossi if Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo is tempted by overtures from Ducati and Honda. Reigning World Superbike champion Spies currently rides for the...

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

Spot on

It seems that some think Spies is a shoe in for the factory Yamaha seat if Val or Jorge leaves. I'm glad Spies is not under that allusion and that he has to earn that ride. He maybe in the driver's seat because he is already a Yamaha contracted rider but he's not going to get that ride falling on his ass and not finishing races in good point scoring positions. He's still clearly the fastest of all the rookies but he has to finish - point blank. It doesn't matter how fast you are if you're not bagging points.

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Jul 07

Posts: 87

1motion says:

bring back toseland... are you kidding me HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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May 10

Posts: 1

TheBrush says:

I wish

I don't care what happens. to me everyone good enough to ride in MGP or WSBK is a winner

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Nov 09

Posts: 19

phornsey says:

is spies the fastest rookie or simply has the best rookie bike by miles !!!


personally would love to see simoncelli on a yamaha think he would go well

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Jun 09

Posts: 851

Spies struggles raise a big question

We know how good Spes is amongst WSB riders, standout brilliant, and he is finding the going tough in MotoGP, in what now looks increasingly like being a learning year. So I can't see the MotoGP teams scouring the WSB paddock for future riders. But Moto2 where a MotoGP exile is shining looks an even worse option to me, 120BHP is nothing compared to a MotoGP bike. 

Saying that I think Jonny Rea is showing the skills to step up to MotoGP and I have long been tipping him for MotoGP with HRC in 2011.



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Aug 02

Posts: 1538

superbol says:

If I were Rea

I wouldnt touch Moto Gp with a bardge pole ! Too many politics Too much favor towards the Spanish n Italians and bikes that are crap to ride the "real " way eg too much focus on set up and the aid of electronics .

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Jul 08

Posts: 264

stevyamy says:

I suspect he may get another year in Tech3...but with a more factory spec bike, the bike he had in valencia was as good as Fiat spec...mabe better.

Rea.....He makes way to many mistakes even for WSB standards and there they have the luxury of a second race. He would drop too many points in the GP padock. He should stay and try for the title. He's conracted with TenKate next year anyway.

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May 08

Posts: 466

chris313nt says:


He's a fantastic Superbike rider, but I questioned his commitment after he pulled out 2 races ago! Colin & JT tried to ride around their probs with the bike & tyres at Tech3, with Colin being more successful at that than JT due to his extra experience in motogp. JT was far more successful in his first year of motogp than Spies has been & it just proves to me that JT is a far better rider than he was given credit for last season...look at all the other new motgp riders, none of them are better than what JT was doing last year & look at what he's achieving this year in WSB. I for one am glad he's regained his confidence, just like Baylis did when he went back to WSB after a bad time in motogp...btw, I wonder how many riders would've got the sack for giving up on a race by pulling in the garage like Spies did? I thought he was better than that & had high hopes for him in motogp, but I hope I'm wrong & he can recover his season & prove that WSB riders can be successful along with Nicky Hayden.

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May 09

Posts: 884

CH987 says:

Rookie Rule

The problem all British riders face is the total lack of any British backed teams in the paddock. A British rider is always gonna play second fiddle to the sponsor pleasing first rider. Any WSBK rider would have to join a spanish,italian or( this year ) austrian backed satelite team first and is immediatly under pressure to perform. Personally I thought JT did the best he could with the machinery he had available and with a different passport he would still be out there.    Stewamy. At the start of the season Edwards said his bike was the closest to the factory bike he'd ever had. So you can bet Spies is on the same or better already!

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Feb 10

Posts: 37


there was so much hype around him comming to moto gp and many people in the know said,,,well lets just wait and see, as i did. he is obviously a very good rider, best finished out on the rokkies this year so far, but its a big step up to moto gp, he has said that him self, so this was always going to be a learning year, the interesting year will be next year, when hopefully he has learned what its like to ride a moto gp bike and learned the tracks, i dont know where this stuff about ridding with rossi is comming from it may be genuine, but hell it would surprise me, the tec 3 bike is a very good bike, and edwards rode it to some good finishes last year in my eyes ben has got a hell of a lot of learning to do, and then he has got to get a lot faster before he would get a chance on a factory bike, looking at how edwards did last year if spies is good enough there is not reason a tec 3 bike could not make it to the top 3,,, he is a long way off that yet and i see no gain for yamaha giving him a factory bike? (i also find it a little big headed? or is that just me, never trust the press any way)

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