Spies was given better equipment to race on his home track or that was the official line, in truth they knew Rossi was going and made sure he was happy and progressing. Spies will beat Rossi of that I am sure. When riders are both superb the bike will be the difference.
If you all think that large firms behave fairly and honourably you are well mistaken. Ducati was leaving WSBK they could really upset their customers if they were not careful, a few well chosen extra parts to Checa and much of the heat is off them. Ducati fully understand their image.
Riders do not in any of the World series have huge differences on the table without good reason, equipment or injuries, it just does not happen.
Maybe in your dreams if you had been a rider, but in reality no.
This is top level racing not a 125 home series.
This looks like it could cost a rider his career, I agree with some others too about sponsorship, he may not bring enough sponsorship compared to the many other riders knocking on the door of WSBK.
This is not feeling sorry for ourselves or a poor Brit rider, this is the harsh reality of bike racing, that happens in BSB never mind at this level.
I do not agree Nostro about Shakey not getting in to AMA, he had a BSB title and it adds a story to AMA someone for their home talent to beat of standing, it would be up to Shakey to make sure he got a better seat than Hodgson did if he took it, it could be one decent years pay then nothing of he got it wrong.
Shakey was good on a four, did well on a poor Suzuki which claimed many top riders and brilliant on the Hydrex Honda, really put the cat amongst the pigeons when there were well funded top teams not like now.
I would like to see him battling top 3 in AMA, even better if he won that title too, but difficult to get a ride on a bike capable of doing that.
Most other riders after winning a championship for a manufacturer would have been well looked after, Shane stuck loyally with the manufacturer and this time was let down. If he had won BSB on a Yamaha it may well have been a different story.