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Matthew Birt  says:

Ben Spies close to shock Gresini Honda deal?

Ben Spies is edging closer to committing his future to MotoGP after it emerged in Brno today he is locked in talks over a shock move to the Gresini Honda squad for 2013. The Texan seemed certain to switch to World Superbikes to partner Marco Melandri in a BMW Italia squad next season after he announced he will quit Yamaha’s factory...

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CH987

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CH987 says:

Shawno76

Nail on the head with Dovi. Why would any top team offer him a ride. He wasn't as good as Dani or Casey on the same bike and not as good as Jorge. Take the money and run.

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CJeffrey

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CJeffrey says:

Bit suprised

I'm a bit suprised about this news as most of the talk surrounding his future next year was a factory ride for BMW in World Superbikes. Hopefully he can stay in MotoGP because he's got the skill and speed to be a contender but has just had one of those years to forget. The Gresini team has always offered a good package and wouldn't be a big step down from his current ride. If he does get the ride and I hope he does then I think he'll adapt quite quickly to the Honda.

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bluAero

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bluAero says:

Spies

Happy to hear that he might be staying in GP and even better on a different bike. It was thrilling to watch him in 2009. I guess I want more of it. If he can get there. A big IF. Seems to me Ben is "chemically sensitive". I mean the chemistry of the people around him and the pressure of expectation. The Japanese bosses don't seem like warm, fuzzy people. Jarvis looks like a hard-ass, Houseworth? may have been in over his head the whole time, and I'm not sure how mom fits into the equation. Maybe she's the only positive. Who knows?

As for the bike, I just don't think the works m1 suits him. He's a bigger guy with a ride-by-the-seat-of-your-pants style. Could it be that in recent years the bike's been tailored to a smaller, extremely smooth riding style? Maybe why Cal has fallen off a bit too? I was watching some super slo-mo video from the Brno weekend and saw what hard chatter really looks like. It was Ben's rear tire. I hadn't heard anybody complaining about chatter all weekend, including Ben. At 5,000 frames per sec., it looked like extreme forces were trying to pull the tire off the rim as he fought the bike upright and out of the turn. I think he's been fighting the best handling bike since he first swung a leg over it.  

At this point it's a gamble for anybody to invest factory resorces in Ben but, if it's only a matter of titration - just one more drop of this chemical into that one to achieve the equinimity of chemistry.... and presto - the alien's smaller inside mouth comes out and rips the field to shreads. 

(why don't they make good films like that any more?)  

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trailler

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trailler says:

The romour mill

is saying that Spies has sighned for a sat-ducati team , does anybody know if this is true or not?.......

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