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Ahead of Jorge and Rossi?

Who wants to bet that Yamaha has now upgraded his bike to full factory specs to get him up to speed before next year (when Rossi moves to Duc.). I'd even bet it's to make a point the rest of the year how he's as capable as Rossi. Wonder how much development input he'll give vs Jorge on next years bike. It'll be interesting to see if Collin makes any comments the rest of the year on his bike vs Ben's.
 

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He also knows the track from last year. Most of the remaining races are also WSBK tracks too.

I'm definitely getting up early tomorrow to watch.
 

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i don't see Colin complaining since he knows why Ben would get the parts and he wouldn't. He tends to keep quiet when he knows the deal and bitch when he feels he deserves better. Him leaving for WSBK (rumors still) would put him in a position to relax and enjoy racing the rest of the year IMO.

but thats just my opinion, he could light up Yamaha for all i know....he knows how.


one would think that Ben is for sure getting the good parts now that he's basically 100% a factory team next year. What better way to get him some real world testing with the latest M1 parts? with the bans on testing and minimal development time, getting him a full factory bike now is priceless.

BUT, him out qualifying Rossi and Lorenzo also had a lot more to do with the nature of the session ( both Rossi and Lorenzo had crashes on their flying laps) than Spies being out right faster. Ben was on pace with the top 5 all weekend and he was fighting for even pole position at one point, so he is up there with them, but in the end he just capitalized on what went on that session and came out ahead.
 

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WOW:woot: I just checked out the QP results, hopefully Spies can finish there or better tomorrow:rockon
 

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The last 6 minutes of qualifying was so exciting... Ben is becoming hotter
property by the lap... he'll want to sign for Honda when his Yamaha contract is up...
 

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Why when he'll be riding the best bike/team on the grid.:wtf
What ever the Yamaha has got some credit Burgess and his Honda V4 V5 know how...

Quote Mat Oxley Aug 2010

"MotoGP's top four riders may be up for new contracts at the end of
this season, but it seems like a non-rider may just be the silly
season's most in-demand paddock member. Valentino Rossi's Crew Chief
Jeremy Burgess-arguably MotoGP's biggest superstar tuner-has three
options for 20ll Go with Rossi to Ducati, stay where he is at Yamaha
or rejoin his old masters at Honda, to look after Casey Stoner, "I've
had some tentative approaches from people at Honda," said Burgess, who
was credited with using Honda know-how to transform Yamaha's YZR-MI
into a winner when Rossi switched marques in 2004, "Perhaps Casey
needs someone with a strong arm to keep him under control; maybe they
see that or maybe Casey made the request. But rm happy here and I know
they're happy with me here, so I have no intention of leaving."
 

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I'm still amazed that Ben is as fast as he is. Never gave him due credit before last year. I would never in my wildest dreams expected he would be at this level now, if you'd asked me this question 2 years ago.

I wonder how Nicky and Colin really feel about it.
 

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Quote Julian Ryder:


"A bunch of drama," was the best description of the closing stages of
today's qualifying, and it was delivered dead pan by Ben Spies who
ended the day the fastest Yamaha. First Jorge Lorenzo threw his Fiat
Yamaha at the scenery with enough force to park it on top of a tyre
wall. It was the first flying lap on a new tyre and the left side
hadn't got enough heat in it: "...at least I put my bike in a
comfortable place," he said. There was more than a little worry about
the engine, but the team say it wasn't running on its side. Jorge has
said before this race that he is one nasty incident away from being in
trouble with the six-engine rule, but it seems as if he got away with
it.

The shocks continued with Valentino Rossi crashing at the end of the
session but walking away with no further damage to his leg or
shoulder. It was a gentle lowside caused by too much lean angle and he
was properly angry as he walked away. This isn't usual for Vale, he
normally accepts a crash philosophically, but he was trying to steal a
couple of tenths because he thought he had "the potential for pole."

Three minutes from the flag, Spies was fastest, both Fiat Yamahas were
on the floor and it looked as if Spies' first front row start in
MotoGP might be from pole. Then Dani Pedrosa slammed in a time over a
third of a second quicker than Ben's and the Texan had to settle for
second on the grid. He didn't seem too upset; although it can be
difficult for those of us who haven't been observing him for years to
tell. He was positively effusive in his praise of his crew, "every
change made the bike better." Ben didn't think his Superbike victory
here last year had much effect, the difference in riding style is so
great. He spent Friday working that out and today was trying to get
off the brakes early and let it run through the corners, but found
"There was nowhere to put my elbows," so they ended up dragging on the
ground.

Nicky Hayden also had a front end crash and took the tip off his
radius. He will be trying to race tomorrow, as will Randy de Puniet
who qualified eleventh and Alvaro Bautista who was thought to have
cracked a vertebra this morning but fortunately a CT scan found no
damage.

A look at the timing sheet suggest that Pedrosa should run away with
the race, but by his own admission he "Didn't put so many laps
together,' and Lorenzo reckons it was the worst session of his year
"technically speaking and for my riding style."

Valentino Rossi is very happy with his set-up but not his mistake.
Stoner has been surprisingly quiet but isn't that far back. Pick a
winner out of that lot? None of the above would be a surprise, but
will Lorenzo be as good as his word on Thursday and adopt a risk-free
strategy? Will Pedrosa have the pace over raced distance, or will he
start well and then fade as he's done a few times this year? Or will
Ben Spies become the first satellite team winner since Elias in 2006?

By this time tomorrow we'll be more concerned with who's where next
year than with the result.
 

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Yeah, unfortunately, the Championship is virtually over. Lolly can take 2nd place in every remaining race (9 out of the 18) and still win by at least 27 points - and that's assuming the Bot wins every race.
 

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Man I'm disappointed. I was so sure that ben was going to get another podium finish today.:(
 
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