All joking aside, here's the word from The Man. Notice how he clearly points the Finger of Blame at that INCOMPETENT team that deliberately sabotaged his efforts....
"After qualifying on the pole with a new lap record, Spies was supremely confident coming into race day. As he’d predicted race one turned into a dogfight between Haga,
his Ducati teammate Michel Fabrizio and Spies. The three had an excellent battle the entire 18 laps with all three taking turns at the front with Spies leading the majority of the time.
On the final lap Spies pulled out all the stops and managed to open a small gap. He appeared on the verge of victory when coming into the final turn his bike’s fuel tank ran dry. Spies suddenly sat up and coasted past the finish line in 15th place.
“That was a tough pill to swallow,” Spies said of the race one disappointment. “You can only carry so much fuel, and this is a long track and we run at full throttle so much that unfortunately we ran out at the end."
The missed opportunity only made Spies more determined for race two however, and he and his team devised a strategy to overcome the fuel consumption.
Spies revealed his race two strategy in the post-race press conference.
“I definitely rode the warm up laps differently and short-shifted the bike late in the race to make sure I could make it to the finish,” Spies said. “The bike could have run faster the entire race, but I wanted to make sure we brought it home. The Yamaha guys regrouped after race one, figured things out and it was great to end the weekend on a high issue.
It worked perfectly.
In the second race Spies sprinted away from the green light and eventually pushed his lead to over five seconds before easing his pace late in the race and winning by a margin of 2.665 seconds ahead of Fabrizio. It marked a series-leading fifth victory of the season for Spies.
Spies didn’t find out that Haga had crashed until after the race. “Hopefully Nori is OK,” said Spies, who considers Haga a good friend. “Having him suffer a crash is not the way I’d hope to stay in the championship.”
You have big braking entering into the Parabolica, and if you don't have quite enough fuel sloshing around in the tank, you starve the pump as you crank it into the cambered corner. Spies missed maybe 250 ml of go-juice, refrigerated or not.
I've lost count of the number of times I've waited for and watched fellow competitors bikes come back to the pits on a recovery truck after running out of gas after crossing the flag at Monza, or even before the flag....
Mention to your "sources" about the high-speed slipstreaming, Tye, and see if they can fill you in on the effect this has on fuel consumption, both negative and positive.
See what effect also, as you lead your next race from start to finish, opponents slipstreaming you on the ultra high-speed circuits you eat up like candy have on YOUR fuel consumption.
Passenger on board, anyone ?
As for your remark about "incompetence" in teams, just feel free to rub it in.
I'm sure those Belgarda boys, and Tom, were just smirking happy to see The Ben coast over the line after emptying the tank. I'm sure they feel good about sabotaging the R-1. Maybe Ducati paid them to use warm fuel ?
Ever thought about the fact that an engine which has just come in from the sighting lap, warm-up lap and a FAST race lap (they were coming through Lesmo when the red flags came out...) has on engine heat and overall bike heat ?
It doesn't matter squat about how cool the fuel, the minute you top up, it gets warm.
If only you'd have been there, though, you would have filled it with refrigerated fuel as only you know how....