Spies is a prodigy. He will only be stronger with another year in WSBK. Those motogp rides only highlight this.
TV viewership will likely decline significantly.Isn't Rossi signed with Yamaha till the end of 2011? It'll be really interesting to see what happens when Rossi quits.
just because he rules in skb doesnt mean he'll be any good in gp. thats a whole nother beast to tame.
how many sbk champs havent accomplished shit in gp? even bayliss didnt do much besides win a couple. and hes the goat of wsbk.
i want another us champ but him going to a crap team just to be in gp isnt worth it.
Well, you're mistaken if you think that they get a lot of testing time...they used to, but now they only get the day after Valencia, 1 weekend on December, 1 in late January and 2 weekends in February IIRC. That's the new rules as of this year. The lack of testing hurt Nicky, but they have been making progress all year. The only person who has had more luck with riding the Ducati is Stoner.We're all talking about Hayden after he finished 6th at Brno and 3rd in Indy, and he's on a factory Ducati that he's tested and raced for many months now. Spies rode a shitty Suzuki that he had little to no experience on, and finished 6th at one point. What could he do with a YZR-M1 after testing it for several months? My guess is a lot more than Hayden. It's a damn shame that he's staying in WSB another season.
I think Spies would do fine in GP. He has shown all year that he adapts quickly to the new tracks and bike. Still, the M1 is a far cry from a WSB spec R1. There was much less difference between the AMA Superbike Suzuki he rode last year and the R1. I think he would be running with Rossi and Lorenzo in short order. Three Yamahas on the box would be something wouldn't it?
whens the last time a b team won? colin does well but he hasnt won. hes a great rider.Tech 3 isn't a crap team, and he's already proved that he has the potential to do well. Spies is not Bayliss.
I don't think anyone said anything about winning. Forget about the level of equipment for a second, anytime you're going to go up against Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner, or Pedrobot you're going to have a hell of a time just making the box!whens the last time a b team won? colin does well but he hasnt won. hes a great rider.
they may be decent but theyre still not top level.
just like in f1 only a few teams have a shot at winning.
That said, Spies on the Yamaha would open up the possibility of an all Yamaha podium.
Also, there is speculation that Tech3 could get nearly identical equipment to Rossi/Lorenzo for Spies. Supposedly Yamaha wants this that badly.
Yeah, I think Rossi relishes showing the youngster who's the man of the team. It will be a sad day when he finally retires.Rossi is under contract for '10 only. There is a lot of speculation beyond that. F1, WRC, who knows. He has also said that if Lorenzo stayed at Yamaha, he'd stay another 5 years just to make Lorenzo's life miserable. Possibly just shit talk, who knows.
I believe Lorenzo just signed a 2 year deal. True Rossi's contract is up after next year. There have been comments made in the racing world that Yamaha could put Spies on some wildcard rides in the next year to fulfill his "rookie" status, opening up the possibility of taking Rossi's seat in '11.The problem with that idea is that Spies isn't even going there next year. There's a pretty decent chance Rossi or Lorenzo won't be there in 2011. I just don't understand it.
I think Yamaha wants to win MotoGP AND WSB in the same year more than it wants three Yamahas on the podium in MotoGP. With Rossi and Lorenzo both, they've got an almost sure thing to win the MotoGP championship already next year as well, so why would they give up their best chance at the WSB championship? I think this choice is a lot more about Yamaha than it is about Spies.The problem with that idea is that Spies isn't even going there next year. There's a pretty decent chance Rossi or Lorenzo won't be there in 2011. I just don't understand it.
lorenzo signed a 1 yr contract. So everyones contract will be open next year. The 4 untouchables contracts will expire next year. The rumor is spies will stay with yamaha wsbk 2010, then move to tech 3 in 2011 waiting for a spot on the factory team. Which means yamaha is going to chose between lorenzo and rossi, and we all know who there gonna pick.I believe Lorenzo just signed a 2 year deal. True Rossi's contract is up after next year. There have been comments made in the racing world that Yamaha could put Spies on some wildcard rides in the next year to fulfill his "rookie" status, opening up the possibility of taking Rossi's seat in '11.
on the BBC they said that Spies' contract doesn't say he has to stay in WSBK for 2010. in other words, they're not going to sign Toseland until the end of the year and Spies can still switch right over to Motogp. That decision would probably be decided if he wins the champ.
See, now that makes sense for everybody.on the BBC they said that Spies' contract doesn't say he has to stay in WSBK for 2010. in other words, they're not going to sign Toseland until the end of the year and Spies can still switch right over to Motogp. That decision would probably be decided if he wins the champ.
thats what Toseland's Manager told the BBC.
Edward's contract has already been renewed, unofficially, but he hinted at it during his interview yesterday.
Official now, Colin back with Tech3. Also some more details on Spies' possible future.
Edwards Back With Tech 3 For 2010, Seat Held Open For Spies? | MotoGPMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks
and just to add: here's an interview with Ben from this weekend, for those interested.
Wednesday Video: Catching Up With Ben Spies In Germany News Article // RoadracingWorld.com