JEREZ COMMENTS (2):
Darryl & Mick both said they hear from people that actually “know” – people at the coal face of GP, Spies is struggling desperately with Titanic chatter -“bouncing” his tyres so very badly it is even inches high at times. Crikey! - no wonder poor Ben is hanging around at the back - when by all rights he should be right up near the sharp-end!
One wonders if “late-weight” has got much to do with this? Pedrosa wasn’t suffering as badly as the 7 kg heavier (1 x Stone+) Stoner on the Hondas - while over at Yamaha - Lorenzo, Dovizioso & Crutchlow haven’t suffered like the 6+ kg heavier Spies. Do Yamaha “share” data & set-ups? Maybe not. Whatever – it isn’t working for “Big Ben”...
Spies needs help here - fast - if he seriously wants to keep his seat in 2013. It isn’t like he’s “incapable” or doesn’t have the pre-requisite desire & talent, either – winning Assen & getting “mugged” on the Finish line by Stoner @ Valencia last season. At Jerez in pre-season testing just 30 days ago - Spies concentrated on improving his setup and got within 0.715 secs of fastest man, Stoner – WTF? There has to be a reason a great rider abruptly goes off the boil – it isn’t as if he has had the self-inflicted shock of
his life & chronic “Flossi-itis”.
Let’s be blunt here: This chatter problem only appeared when Dorna abruptly added weight/ballast to favour the CRT’s immediately B4 the season commenced. Casey Stoner had the guts to stand in the door for all the above-mentioned riders & not just himself. He quite rightly questioned & complained about it. It simply isn’t “on” when the “Promoter” can arbitrarily step-in any old time they choose & make changes to the Rules with no prior consultation or even warning.
Let us NEVER forget that Yamaha, Suzuki & Honda simply walked away & stopped competing in GP when the FIM restricted the Rules to just 4 x cylinders & 6 speed gearboxes in 1969 - on account of “costs” to Privateer Teams. (Sound familiar?) Yamaha & Suzuki didn’t come back until 1973 & 1974 respectively with highly-successful 2-Strokes racers - but Honda, took an entire 10 years off & out - coming back in 1979.
Thanks to those mushrooms & morons claiming Stoner doesn’t “train”, isn’t “fit”, doesn’t put in enough Laps (eats earthworms, starfish arms, slugs & infant children etc) – as the “real reason” for “compartment syndrome” in the last 2 x GP’s – Jerez much milder & later than Losail. Hilarious dross, dribbling & drivel. To perform in the GP Series, intensive training is a professional pre-requisite. In Oz, Stoner fishes, bow-hunts wild feral pigs & deer, runs, cycles, rides motor-bikes & does gym-work.
In Switzerland, same, minus the hunting (sticking arrows up der Lederhosen isn’t appreciated there, Wilhelm Tell) but riding push-bikes up mountains, snowboarding & skiing is added to the menu. “Arm pump” is ubiquitous amongst bike racers, many having surgery to relieve the fascia enclosing the musculature of the forearm & improve blood-flow.
Thank you God or Deity of choice, for Willie Wheelbreaker & Nostro & the few other posters who actually contribute & make sense. Many others seem to spout shit, get some vicarious thrill from seeing their nom de plume in print & then anxiously lie in wait so they can use it again – & again – ad infinitum. Sad, isn’t it? Cheers