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Old 10-06-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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Spies on Portimao

Thought y'all might enjoy Spies comments on Portimao.

From: http://www.crash.net/world+superbike...ry_simple.html

WSBK »Spies: The equation is very simple

A potentially crucial victory and fourth place finish for Ben Spies at Magny-Cours means he will be in 'control of his destiny' at the World Superbike showdown in Portugal, the American knowing two wins will be enough to take the title.

Spies endured a day of mixed emotions in France after his outstanding victory in race one was overshadowed by a lacklustre run to fourth in the second due to an unknown tyre issue.

Nonetheless, while he is now ten points behind Noriyuki Haga heading to the Portimao season finale, he realises a double victory around one of the few circuits he has previously experienced will see him crowned champion, regardless of what his rival achieves.

“This makes the equation very simple for me at Portimao,” he said. “I've been in this position before where I needed to win to earn a championship, so it's not new.”

“Realistically, even if I'd won race two Nori would have been close enough in the points that I would still have to win at Portimao, so nothing's changed. We have to put together a perfect weekend in Portugal.

As Spies mentions, this isn't an unfamiliar situation for him to be in having overhauled Mat Mladin at the final round of the 2007 AMA Superbike Championship to win the title.

With MotoGP beckoning for 2010, Spies recognises that he faces a tough competitor in Haga, reiterating his respect for his rival by labelling him 'one of the greatest World Superbike racers of all time'.

“It's still possible to win the championship and just to be in that position is a great feeling. Regardless of how it turns out I feel like I've had a phenomenal season.

“I'm a rookie here racing a world championship on tracks I don't know against one of the greatest World Superbike racers of all time. To even be in the position to fight for this title with Nori is more than I could have expected.”

“I'm going to race hard. Portimao is one of my favourite tracks and I'm looking forward to racing there.”
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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its going to be a GREAT race to watch
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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I sure hope it doesn't make him push too hard and he **knock on wood** takes a spill.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
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best racing all year ... AMA and MOTOGP just hasn't been near as fun or exciting to watch.
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best racing all year ... AMA and MOTOGP just hasn't been near as fun or exciting to watch.
You missed the last few "Daytona Sportbike" races, I take it... Herrin was riding REALLY well and REALLY aggressive.

But yes, MOTOGP has been less than exciting.
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best racing all year ... AMA and MOTOGP just hasn't been near as fun or exciting to watch.
You missed the last few "Daytona Sportbike" races, I take it... Herrin was riding REALLY well.

But yes, MOTOGP has been less than exciting.
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I sure hope it doesn't make him push too hard and he **knock on wood** takes a spill.
I agree, but he's handled this kind of pressure very well before. I know he was in a "must win" situation against MM and sat there for a while, turned on the afterburners and Mat couldn't come back from it.
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You missed the last few "Daytona Sportbike" races, I take it... Herrin was riding REALLY well.

But yes, MOTOGP has been less than exciting.
here and there, the other leagues have shown flashes of excitement, but consistantly, WSBK has been a pleasure to watch.
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here and there, the other leagues have shown flashes of excitement, but consistantly, WSBK has been a pleasure to watch.
It's all because of Jonathan Green. I can't stand listening to the AMA casters talk and personally I don't think they announce as well as Jonathan. The motogp casters are never as excited so I'm never as excited watching motogp like I am wsbk.
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It's a lot easier to get excited announcing for WSBK, with all the action. The only time MotoGP compares is in the first couple of laps. I still enjoy watching MotoGP, but WSBK really gets your blood pumping.
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IMO MotoGP has given us the best finish this season bar none
and the best last lap action
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IMO MotoGP has given us the best finish this season bar none
and the best last lap action
MotoGP? How many passed have taken place in the top 4 positions in MotoGP this year in the last lap or two?

WSBK has had quite a few, but I don't remember many in MotoGP.
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MotoGP? How many passed have taken place in the top 4 positions in MotoGP this year in the last lap or two?

WSBK has had quite a few, but I don't remember many in MotoGP.
I don't count them
Rossi's last lap pass on Lorenzo in Spain was breath taking, nothing has equalled that imo
I'm about quality not quantity
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Watching motogp has been like watching a trackday.
even ss on wsb is better racing. IMHO
spies ought to change that next year
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Breath taking , really?Lol
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its going to be one helluva exciting race to watch...to say the least
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unless you're a Jlo fan
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Thought y'all might enjoy Spies comments on Portimao.

From: http://www.crash.net/world+superbike...ry_simple.html

WSBK »Spies: The equation is very simple

A potentially crucial victory and fourth place finish for Ben Spies at Magny-Cours means he will be in 'control of his destiny' at the World Superbike showdown in Portugal, the American knowing two wins will be enough to take the title.

Spies endured a day of mixed emotions in France after his outstanding victory in race one was overshadowed by a lacklustre run to fourth in the second due to an unknown tyre issue.

Nonetheless, while he is now ten points behind Noriyuki Haga heading to the Portimao season finale, he realises a double victory around one of the few circuits he has previously experienced will see him crowned champion, regardless of what his rival achieves.

“This makes the equation very simple for me at Portimao,” he said. “I've been in this position before where I needed to win to earn a championship, so it's not new.”

“Realistically, even if I'd won race two Nori would have been close enough in the points that I would still have to win at Portimao, so nothing's changed. We have to put together a perfect weekend in Portugal.

As Spies mentions, this isn't an unfamiliar situation for him to be in having overhauled Mat Mladin at the final round of the 2007 AMA Superbike Championship to win the title.

With MotoGP beckoning for 2010, Spies recognises that he faces a tough competitor in Haga, reiterating his respect for his rival by labelling him 'one of the greatest World Superbike racers of all time'.

“It's still possible to win the championship and just to be in that position is a great feeling. Regardless of how it turns out I feel like I've had a phenomenal season.

“I'm a rookie here racing a world championship on tracks I don't know against one of the greatest World Superbike racers of all time. To even be in the position to fight for this title with Nori is more than I could have expected.”

“I'm going to race hard. Portimao is one of my favourite tracks and I'm looking forward to racing there.”
where are we going to watch the race
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I never watched any of the 250 races.
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