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Matthew Birt  says:

Yamaha: No extra pressure on Ben Spies

Yamaha has denied that Texan Ben Spies is under increasing pressure to improve his results as he goes in search of his first top six finish of a troubled 2012 world championship campaign in Catalunya this weekend. Spies has been a major disappointment so far in a campaign where he was widely tipped to challenge top trio Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo...

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vtwinmark

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vtwinmark says:

This is akin to, after 4 straight defeats, the chairman giving the manager the magic 'vote of confidence'......

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vtwinmark

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vtwinmark says:

Nothing to do with Spies....

...but notice all topics concerning Siverstone ticket (over)prices has been pulled...perhaps organizers not liking what they were seeing?? As I mentioned previously, perhaps outside pressure and the threat of losing your free passes did the trick.. Tell me I'm wrong MCN, voice of the biking public?

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adrenalin

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adrenalin says:

"The results haven’t been what we have been looking for but it is a bit too early to be talking about next year."

Hardly what you woudl call a rining endorsement from the boss either is it ;)  Ben knows what he needs to do to keep his place for next year. Lin Jarvis rold him and the assembled press corps at the start of the year in no uncertain terms that Spies needs to win at least two races this year for Yamaha to feel satisfied with his performance. So far he hasn't been close and must feel threatened by Dovi and Cal (and others looking to muscle into the factory team next year!)

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:

Of course there's pressure for him to do well

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Bob Buttamasangy

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Understatement of the year!

Do well! Fk me, there's pressure to finish in the top10!

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screamer69

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screamer69 says:

Lin Jarvis...

..has trashed Spies in the media all year...thats gotta help your confidence, eh?....and yet, they haven't completed 25% of the season...

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YamahaRacer

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YamahaRacer says:

In Yamaha's factory team you need to deliver good results there is no need to come out with the excuse i don't like Estroil and Le Mans I just hope BS delivers the same result he got at Catalunya last year just to boost his confidence going into the next two events Silverstone and of course the event he won in 2011 the Dutch GP.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

"Spies returns to one of only five tracks on the calendar where he has claimed a MotoGP podium" And that says it all about Spies really. Twenty starts on a factory bike and only four podiums (including a win admittedly) in that time. Given that in 2011 and 12 there have only been four or five competitive factory bikes (lets forget the Ducati and Suzuki) that's not even nearly living up to what was expected of him. He finished fifth out of those competitive factory bikes by a distance. Even last year he often finished behind Ducatis and satellite bikes. Remember when Ben first came up to MotoGP many predicted he was going to be challenging for the championship in pretty short order? Well he's in his third year now and, if anything, getting worse. I suspect that even Edwards at ten years older than Spies would do better on the factory Yamaha.

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lickers

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lickers says:

Only 4

Bikes that are capable of finishing top 4 if the weather is dry.  As the season progresses they will be even further from the satalite bikes. Spies is on one of the 4 best bikes around. The boy needs to finish this season in the top 4 or he should get the boot and probably will. Long seaon to go though......

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YamahaRacer

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YamahaRacer says:

No way did BS finish behind the works Ducati riders or their satelite riders.

Even last year he often finished behind Ducatis and satellite bikes

Jolly mate you've posted some rubbish there no way did he finish behind the works Ducati in any of the races last year nor their satelite team.

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Spies 6th

Rossi 7th

Hayden 9th

Barbera 13th

Jerez

Hayden 3rd thanks to Spies crashing out.

Rossi 5th

Estroil

Rossi 5th

Hayden 5th

Spies DNF

Le Mans

Rossi 3rd

Spies 6th

Hayden 7th

Catalunya

Spies 3rd

Rossi 5th

Hayden 8th

Silverstone

Hayden 4th

Rossi 5th

Spies DNF

Assen

Spies 1st

Rossi 4th

Hayden 5th

Mugello

Spies 4th

Rossi 6th

Hayden 10th

Sachensring

Spies 5th

Hayden 8th

Rossi 9th

Laguna Seca

Spies 4th

Rossi 5th

Hayden 7th

Brno

Spies 5th

Rossi 6th

Hayden 7th

Indy

Spies 3rd

Rossi 10th

Hayden 14th

Misano

Spies 6th

Rossi 7th

Hayden DNF

Aragon

Spies 5th

Hayden 7th

Rossi 10th

Motegi

Spies 6th

Hayden 7th

Rossi DNF

Philip Island

Spies DNS

Hayden 7th

Rossi DNF

Sepang - race cancelled

Valencia

Spies 2nd

Rossi DNF

Hayden DNF

 

 

 

 

 

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