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Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

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    Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

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    You suck. I thought this was breaking news.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Unless he's retiring... I would highly doubt that he has announced walking away from Yamaha without his next move already in place.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Disgusted with the team and bikes he's given, or reading the writing on the wall?

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Good - I'm happy to see a rider making decisions for himself rather than flapping in the wind of the three factories with all the control.

    Would be awesome is suzuki joined with a competitive bike and Spies riding it.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Quote Originally Posted by GixerJockey View Post
    Unless he's retiring... I would highly doubt that he has announced walking away from Yamaha without his next move already in place.
    actually he has announced it... google it for yourself
    he hasn't yet said where he'll be next season, but he probably has that lined up already. likely he's letting the dust settle from this, then going to announce it for max effect.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Oooohhh......prediction time!
    I'll go first:

    Lorenzo - we know he stays put whyere he is
    Rossi - to Factory Yamaha - with Marlboro sponsorship
    Crutchlow and Bradley Smith on the Tech 3 Yamahas
    Dovi to the factory Ducati with Hayden
    Spies - on a factory Suzuki as the sole rider - with Schwantz involved somehow

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Quote Originally Posted by Trackday Guru View Post
    Oooohhh......prediction time!
    I'll go first:

    Lorenzo - we know he stays put whyere he is
    Rossi - to Factory Yamaha - with Marlboro sponsorship
    Crutchlow and Bradley Smith on the Tech 3 Yamahas
    Dovi to the factory Ducati with Hayden
    Spies - on a factory Suzuki as the sole rider - with Schwantz involved somehow
    Lorenzo has already re-signed with Yamaha.
    If Rossi takes Marlboro with him, there are rumors that Ducati wouldn't even field a MotoGP team due to the costs.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    You think Rossi and Lorenzo will be on the same team? I thought that was part of the reason Rossi left. Did not like Lorenzo.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Quote Originally Posted by FAST GSXR750 View Post
    You think Rossi and Lorenzo will be on the same team? I thought that was part of the reason Rossi left. Did not like Lorenzo.
    Not necessarily the same "team". Rumor has it Rossi will have his own program on the second factory Yamaha. It will be fun to see how this plays out.
    I've said it before: Ducati should pull out of MotoGP and put their riders on in WSBK on the new Penigale.

    WSBK is MUCH better racing than MotoGP

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    I dont believe that marlboro will move. they have an established brand with ducati and they are not able to put there name on anything due to european tobacco laws so that barcode that they have established with ducati is there only form of representation. I cant see them going anywhere

    I also still dont believe that Rossi will necessarily leave Ducati, he has been in talks with the Audi executives and is rumored to be happier than before with what he;s heard

    And for my third and final edit...Spies only said that he's leaving FACTORY Yamaha, I wouldnt be surprised if he ended back on Tech 3

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    I am a huge Spies fan, but this isn't Ben's call.
    This is Yamaha giving Ben an ultimatum... tell your fans and the press you have decided to leave, or we can do it for you.
    He could run strong in WSBK, and get the swagger back he once had.
    Like Trackday Guru said... racing is better in WSBK anyway.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    +1 for Spies going to WSBK, and +9000 for WSBK being much better racing. I dont even watch GP anymore.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Moto GP sucks.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    May be its a case of jumping before being pushed, in either case change would do Spies good.
    Besides there is much better racing in WSBK, Moto2

    May be the return of Rossi to Yamaha would spark MotoGP's waning popularity

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    I am sure Lorenzo would love the opportunity to have a real shot at #46 on an equal machine.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Quote Originally Posted by Karate.Snoopy View Post
    I am sure Lorenzo would love the opportunity to have a real shot at #46 on an equal machine.
    he already did

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Quote Originally Posted by Trackday Guru View Post
    Spies - on a factory Suzuki as the sole rider - with Schwantz involved somehow
    Spies Tweeted: "back were we are meant to be!"

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Quote Originally Posted by brady View Post
    he already did
    Lorezno won 2010 Championship as Rossi missed 4 races due to injury
    Ducati is no where near Lorenzo's Yamaha so it might be exciting to see a renewed rivalry if Rossi moves to Yamaha.

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Quote Originally Posted by brady View Post
    Spies Tweeted: "back were we are meant to be!"

    Would that be Suzuki? Or WSB?

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    who knows, but he's doing a good job keeping us guessing

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

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    Would that be Suzuki? Or WSB?
    IMO, since Spies ONLY did WSBK as an avenue to MotoGP (Remember, MotoGP teams weren't interested in giving him what he asked for in contract negotiations because the common thought process of the teams was that he hadn't done anything "significant"), and once he wiped the tarmac with the enitre field and won the WSBK championship in that first year, THEN Yamaha gave him the ride.

    So the implication that WSBK is where he is "meant to be", to me anyway, doesn't jive.

    And does anyone REALLY think he is coming back to AMA????

    We KNOW Suzuki has built, and has been actively testing a MotoGP bike for their return to the series, supposedly in 2014, but who's to say they haven't moved up the return date to sign Spies. Suzuki loves Japanese riders.....but they also have a sucessful history with American GP riders (Schwantz, Russell, KRJR, Hopkins).

    Coincidence??

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    Hayden to resign with duc for 1 year. http://moto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...ew-ducati-deal

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    Re: Ben Spies to leave Yamaha Moto GP

    so hayden has signed with ducati now, and looks like its pretty certain that rossi will run the yzr m1 next season....

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