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Old 10-05-2009, 08:50 AM   #21
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Anybody find an article about the cause of Spies slower pace in race two? He looked slower from the first lap on.

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Crash.net reported he had a bad front tire
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:59 AM   #23
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The article...

http://www.crash.net/world+superbike...ry_effort.html

Faulty tyre undoes Spies victory effort

Ben Spies has revealed a faulty tyre was to blame for his lacklustre performance during the second World Superbike race of the day at Magny-Cours, his fourth place finish overshadowing a dramatic victory in the opening encounter.

Having come into the weekend three points adrift of Noriyuki Haga in the overall standings, Spies inched back ahead by two points following a thrilling first race in which he shrugged off a last lap mistake to beat his title rival.

However, a problem with the front tyre on his Yamaha WSB R1 would see Spies finish a lonely fourth in race two, the American being forced to watch winner Haga stretch his advantage to ten points with only one round and two races remaining.

Visibly frustrated at being unable to push in the second race, Spies remained philosophical about the situation, adding that he was merely lucky to reach the finish line.

“I tried as hard as I could in that second race, but just went backwards,” the MotoGP bound rider said. “It's unfortunate, but we got some sort of faulty [front] tyre in the second race. It was a bad time for that to happen, but it's part of racing.

“It felt like I had a motorhome tyre on the thing and there was nothing I could do. With the way I had to ride I was fortunate to be able to finish in the top ten, so I feel very lucky to get fourth.”

Prior to that, Spies had celebrated an important victory over Haga during race one having led from almost lights-to-flag. Still, he was made to work hard for victory after an error on the final lap allowed Haga to briefly take the lead, only for Spies to collect himself and regain the position before holding on to the finish line.

“I was making a bunch of little mistakes in the first race,” Spies admitted. “I should have won that going away, but with the mistakes Nori was able to catch me. I ran wide in that corner and Nori got by me for about a half second.

“I knew I could get back under him, so I squared it up, got on the gas and got back in front. I figured he might make another attempt to get by, but I was able to hold him off.”

Despite the setback, two wins for Spies at Portimao, one of the few circuits he has tested on before, would be enough for him to win the title, regardless of Haga's performance.
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Which brings up another point, if Spies & Haga go 1-2 in both race next week, they would be tied. What's the tiebreaker in WSBK, I assume it would be race wins, but is it something else?
I believe the announcers said it was indeed determined by won races.
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/\ that is correct, If spies wins both and Haga gets both seconds and that would be a tie and the win would go to Spies for more wins, I honestly dont see that happening, Is gonna be a great couple races, Spies is awesome, but I would love to see Haga finally do the deed
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/ that is correct, If spies wins both and Haga gets both seconds and that would be a tie and the win would go to Spies for more wins, I honestly dont see that happening, Is gonna be a great couple races, Spies is awesome, but I would love to see Haga finally do the deed
Would love to see them go 1-2 in the first race at least so it means win it or bin it for race 2. That would maker for great drama. Either Ben wins it by doing the double, or Haga finally gets his title. Either way, makes for great headlines. I just hope it all happens between the two of them, and no one else riuns it by torperdoing either one of them.
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Would love to see them go 1-2 in the first race at least so it means win it or bin it for race 2. That would maker for great drama. Either Ben wins it by doing the double, or Haga finally gets his title. Either way, makes for great headlines. I just hope it all happens between the two of them, and no one else riuns it by torperdoing either one of them.
Like who? Johnny Rea?!?! He barely kept it on the pavement this weekend. Johnny has nothing to lose, right?
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/\ I agree Johnny Rea is good but he could easily run wide and take either one of them out as well as others, I know neither one of them wants to win or loose like that, and 1 bike can make the difference here, theres lots of guys that could get in the way, Rea, Max, or Fabrizio, as well as others could stir the pot, I thinl if I would have been Fabrizio a couple weeks ago I would have let Haga pass me on the last corner, for the extra points
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Like who? Johnny Rea?!?! He barely kept it on the pavement this weekend. Johnny has nothing to lose, right?
you must get to see a totally different feed over there
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/ I agree Johnny Rea is good but he could easily run wide and take either one of them out as well as others, I know neither one of them wants to win or loose like that, and 1 bike can make the difference here, theres lots of guys that could get in the way, Rea, Max, or Fabrizio, as well as others could stir the pot, I thinl if I would have been Fabrizio a couple weeks ago I would have let Haga pass me on the last corner, for the extra points
Eurosport TV showed the reaction Fab got in Parc ferme from Tardozzi (Ducati WSBK head honcho) after that last round................
he totally blanked Fabr
Fabr should think himself lucky he has already signed a contract for next year
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you must get to see a totally different feed over there
Dust clouds and all...he sure does use all of the real estate provided...and then some from time to time.
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Dust clouds and all...he sure does use all of the real estate provided...and then some from time to time.
oh yea i forgot about that bit
the boys on it
he's having to light it up a bit earlier in the corner to keep with the bigbang yamaha and the 1000 + 200 (for good measure) big ducati twin
sometimes it steps out
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Rea was impressive when you compare where the big Honder is coming from. At the beginning of the season, the only time he saw the race leaders was on the grid...
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oh yea i forgot about that bit
the boys on it
he's having to light it up a bit earlier in the corner to keep with the bigbang yamaha and the 1000 + 200 (for good measure) big ducati twin
sometimes it steps out
Your srill hurting


OH BTW, DUCATI just got his 16th constructors championship

16 out of 22, not bad for that bunch of cheaters huh
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Rea was impressive when you compare where the big Honder is coming from. At the beginning of the season, the only time he saw the race leaders was on the grid...

and it was only when they strapped on a set of Swedens finest that things started to happen for him at the very sharp end of things
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OH BTW, DUCATI just got his 16th constructors championship

16 out of 22, not bad for that bunch of cheaters huh
the one MotoGP World Championship they've won means 16 x more to me

you know why???
cause they won it fair and square







































even if they were a bit lucky with the GOAT being stuck on Michelins and a grenade for an engine
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the one MotoGP World Championship they've won means 16 x more to me

you know why???
cause they won it fair and square







































even if they were a bit lucky with the GOAT being stuck on Michelins and a grenade for an engine
grinchy, you still about the ducs having extra cc's
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grinchy, you still about the ducs having extra cc's
I hold a grudge, what can I say

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