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Matthew Birt  says:

Ben Spies weeks away from 100% shoulder strength

Ben Spies fears his recovering right shoulder injury won’t be back to 100% strength until early next month when the MotoGP world championship’s European campaign kicks off in Jerez. The Texan suffered a serious shoulder injury almost six months ago when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Sepang race in Malaysia. Movement is not an issue but strength remains a major problem...

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

You dont stop being fast overnight

He is fast still, don't kid yourselves he isn't, I just think with all the bad luck and throwing it up the road he didn't progress. He needs that Suzuki ride to bolster his confidence as the Ducati is going nowhere this year and that wont help him get his speed back. As has been said here already WSBK has moved on a lot since he won but he could do well, but Melandri hasn't won a championship yet so who knows. What if he went to moto 2 to get his mojo back, Kallio is doing ok in that class so why not? He will win again but in moto gp, I don't think so. IMO he just wont get a top ride in the premier class. He is still regarded too good to go back to AMA or come to BSB.

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

ElDiablo ...

... an 'extract your head from your arse' lesson. 


Spies had few choices upon leaving Yamaha, and Tech3 was definitely not one of them. 

Spies LEFT Yamaha - get it? Like Dovi LEFT Honda - yeah??

When you leave a factory, there's no way back ( not unless your name is Valentino Rossi) - remember??? 

This year, Spies had a choice of a Junior Ducati MotoGP ride, a Gresini MotoGP ride or a BMW WSBK ride. He priced himself out of WSBK, so it was Pramac Ducati or Gresini. But Gresini found out that they couldn't afford him either so it was Pramac Ducati or bust - are you still following????

Shame to see Spies finally leave MotoGP this year on such a low-note, but no-one can say that the guy hasn't got balls, bravery or talent. 

At his age, this injury is severe - understand????? 

Finally, 'funny' is good - but only if you're 'funny' and/or 'clever' - OK??????

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

ElDiablo ...

... I see the 'funny' or 'clever' hint didn't work. Shame, because you've got wasted potential. Your choice son.

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

What part of 'LEAVING YAMAHA' don't you understand, boy?

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

4646

what bike wil ben achieve this on then that he has not already rode or turned down already?

nothing to prove in this company i was meant to say, as benny said he left yamaha, which honda team would take him in ? or would you see him doing it on a crt and gaining all his confidence back? aint exaclty the series to have time to do that in imo. unless again your rossi.

and i would'nt bet a penny on him doing anything with a wow factor on the desmo which even dovi their new no1 rider is trying to do, tell me im wrong?? nothing taken from ben i thought his wsbk effort and m1 sat rides where awsum.

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

Gresini happened to be one of the teams interested in signing Spies but he said they weren't ready and Ducati was. Be great to see him back on a Yamaha but for that to happen there has to be a change in management.

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

ElDiablo ...

... see if you can spot the words 'Yamaha' or 'Tech3' in the following interview with Spies: 


"After my engine blew up while I was running second at Indianapolis, I thought I wanted to leave MotoGP. I started paying attention to World Superbike. That series was great to me when I was there in 2009, and the previous director, Paolo Ciabatti, is a good friend of mine. He would have loved to see me back in SBK. I still might go back there one day.

"Ducati showed interest in me first, but they had just been bought by Audi and didn’t know what they could offer. Then, BMW came at me quite hard with a good team and a good offer. BMW is definitely strong in World Superbike, too. They’ve come a long way with the S1000RR.

"Ducati hasn’t raced the new 1199 Panigale in Superbike yet, so it’s a bit of a question mark, but I researched the bike and saw what it had done in Superstock. And when was the last time Ducati showed up with a Superbike that wasn’t good? Honestly, I wanted to go with Ducati and the Panigale, but they had to sort out the MotoGP program first, and I understood that.

"At that point, I started thinking a lot and finally concluded that I haven’t reached my full capabilities in MotoGP. What that is, I don’t know. I’m not going to say I can win this many races or a championship, but I don’t want to walk away and in five years say, I could have done this or that.

"Ducati wanted me on their bikes this year. San Carlo Gresini Honda wanted me really badly, too. I spoke with Fausto Gresini, Shuhei Nakamoto and Livio Suppo at Brno. I told Gresini what I would like, what it would take to get me on a Honda. But Ducati never let that become a possibility. They were ready, and Honda wasn’t.

"Finally, I came to the conclusion that it was going to be either BMW in World Superbike or Ducati in MotoGP."

http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/01/02/ben-spies-leaves-yamaha-for-ducati/

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

ElDiablo ...

... "I had food poisoning at Mugello. Bad food poisoning. I shouldn’t even have started the race. I got sick in my helmet, and afterward, I was dry-heaving and shaking uncontrollably.


"Yamaha stayed in Italy and tested the next day, but I didn’t ride. I couldn’t ride. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t do anything. 

"A senior Yamaha employee - that’s as specific as I’m going to get - said to me, “We’ve invested a lot of money in you. Don’t come to Laguna Seca if you aren’t 100 percent.” Then, he added, “We’ve lost confidence in you.”

"That was the moment - the halfway point of the season, just before the two U.S. rounds at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Indianapolis Motor Speedway - when I decided I wasn’t going to ride for Yamaha in 2013.

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

And here endeth the lesson. Amen

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

A senior Yamaha employee let me guess who that would be Lin Jarvis.

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