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Matthew Birt  says:

Jorge Lorenzo: Spies is title threat

Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo reckons new factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies will emerge as a serious title threat in 2011.Spies was Rookie of the Year in 2010 after a stellar first full season with the satellite Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad saw him claim podium finishes in Silverstone and Indianapolis.The Texan, who won the 2009 World Superbike title,...

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Minty Fresh

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Minty Fresh says:

Title threat hey???

Well that would make Spies a potential "Alien" if he is a threat to the championship.... but Lorenzo must be wrong as so many on here have said Spies wont be a challenger or join the other "Aliens" etc....  What does JL know hey......

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eddl

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eddl says:

Jorge wasn't fazed by having rossi as a team mate so ben wont be ruffling his feathers too much i think

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Minty Fresh

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Minty Fresh says:

I Beg to differ!!

It is a bit different as Lorenzo is number one in the garage and will have the pressure of a very fast and capable newbee moving in next door that is out to prove himself...

It will be a different kind of pressure for Lorenzo this year, similar to Rossi when Lorenzo joined him as nobody wants a new fast team mate from the off ...  I reckon it will only take Spies winning a couple of races to "ruffle Lorenzo's feathers" and it will soon put a stop to this blossoming pre season friendship!! wont be long until any data sharing is banned as Lorenzo will soon be a hypocrite and start doing a Rossi! He will be trying to keep that edge over his team mate by any means necessary!!

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Elbowz11

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Elbowz11 says:

He may like Ben know.

But once he gets into his mind thats when the fireworks will start as for Ben being a title challenger I've said no but liked to be proved wrong as I have stated.

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CosherB

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CosherB says:

the mind games have started ....

Spies will have the pressure of expectation as much as Lorenzo this season, so it'll be interesting to see how the Texan responds.  He's got a factory bike ("Rossi's old bike" as I'm sure it will be known!) and the World Champion as a team-mate.  He'll also be expected to deliver regular podium performances .... we'll see.

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eddl

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eddl says:

GOOD POINT

CosherB anything less than top 4 everyrace will be seen as a disappointment

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leemuz

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leemuz says:

Mmm

this is a yamaha pat on the back and confidence building exercise...for a team with a bit of a headache

ben says jorge is great and vis versa....

JL won't be running away with it and spies im sure will nick the odd podium....

but come the end of the season...stoner pedrosa rossi and lorenzo will be the top four...its just in which order...??

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Elbowz11

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Elbowz11 says:

Odd podium.

He is more then a odd podium he got two in his rookie season while riding on lesser equipment and outperforming factory riders when he had the opportunity to do so he is more then a match for any rider including the four aliens.

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FingersYZFR6

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FingersYZFR6 says:

Bull ****

JL is happy Ben is there, its all a PR thing IMO. When JL clinched the title Spies went out of his way to stop and say well done JL just blanked him totally. Now i dont think Spies will win i do think he will push the so called aliens and any sort of nice feeling will soon go from that garage.

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Elbowz11

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Elbowz11 says:

There were good feelings.

When Rossi was around at the start when Lorenzo first joined Yamaha then look what happened a year later the nine time champ unhappy with having a team-mate who is a threat and a title rival.

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