Falling short of expectation
Spies came to europe as the next big thing, It was all laid on a plate for him. Works Yamaha ride in WSB ,and to be fair to him ,he delivered in style (against a poor field).
Next up to GP, handed one or the best satelite team rides out there and heralded as the one to watch. But did he really set the world on fire that year? or had it been done before? i say it had (see Dovi's record for details) I was shot down in flames, no Spies in the real deal they said, will battle for the title next year...
Factory ride next (just about earned) but time to prove all that faith was deserved. But did it happen? Hardly, the win at Assen hid the truth over his poor results, fast at times yes ,but mostly disappointing.
This current term was to be the year it happened, switch to 1000cc will suit his style they shouted, no way will a tech3 bike beat him this year.......well the rest is history.
Many have been touted as the next great thing and failed and Spies is just another. He's had his one real shot at it and failed, two years on one of the best bikes in a weak field in terms of competitive machinery and gone backwards.
His past achievement on Superbikes count for nothing at this level. Most of the riders have never had to compete in the lower championships and have come straight into the highest level they can. If they fail they can drop back down to those later with alot of success.
Maybe thats the best way to do it, the pressure of expectation on Spies to win too quickly ruins a rider if he believes the hype, then finds out hes not anywhere near as good as he was told (and believed)
Time to make up the numbers as a never was, and never will be at this level ,but spin the PR wheel for all its worth.