Welcome back to us :/ Our hosts data center was down for the entire day.
MotoHouston.com MotoHouston.com
Register Members List Member Map Media Calendar Garage Forum Home Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MotoHouston.com > General Discussion > Taking it to the Track
Forgot info?

Welcome to MotoHouston.com! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!

Register Today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.


FREE MH Decals by MAIL!

Advertisement

Reply
Share This Thread: 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
Old 05-22-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
jodyhudson
Senior Member
 
jodyhudson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Feedback Rating: (5)
Posts: 4,297

Experience: 10+ years











Send a message via Yahoo to jodyhudson
Medley: Spies Reminds Me A Lot of Russell

by dean adams
Friday, May 22, 2009


Longtime Superbike crewchief Gary Medley says he sees a great resemblemce between the current Ben Spies and one of his former riders--1993 World Superbke champion Scott Russell. Medley worked with Russell for several years early in his career--the pair won Daytona, the US Superbike championship and World Superbike championship together on Rob Muzzy-owned Kawasakis.

"Just the way he's aggressive, doesn't care who is in front of him and how he's supposed to stay behind and learn," Medley says of what he sees in Spies that reminds him of Russell. "Scott was that same way. Didn't care if it was his teammate or the world champion in front of him in a corner--he was going to push 'em."

Russell had a part-time "learning" season in World Superbike in 1992 before he hit the series full time in 1993. That experience culminated with him winning the world title for Kawasaki in '93. Spies, obviously, had no learning season in WSBK to learn the tracks and acclimate.

"Ben has done an awesome job," Medley says. "He's helped by having (crewchief Tom) Houseworth there, but you can just (tell) by looking at him in the races and see he's riding so hard. That's so impressive."

Spies' unfortunate run of DNFs has hurt his title hopes and critics now infer that somewhow Spies will have failed in World Superbike if he doesn't win the title.

Medley, known, shall we say, for not holding his opinions back, sputters, "Who says that? I'll tell you who: dumb people. People who don't know nothing. What Ben's done there is nothing short of amazing, title or no title. Think of how he's changed that series, look at how many riders it took 1-2-3 years to learn the bike and the tracks and win races. Spies goes to places he's never seen before and waxes them."

Medley split with the Rockwall Honda team earlier in the season and is currently exploring his options.

LINK
jodyhudson is offline   Reply With Quote
Similar Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Squoddybody's avatar reminds me of this: eltejano Off Topic 21 06-17-2013 02:10 PM
Reminds me of college days tonyt915 Off Topic 2 02-04-2009 12:48 PM
reminds me of how the old stunt team was Prodigy Stunters Lounge 4 04-16-2008 01:17 AM
Reminds me of an ex-girlfriend! Patrick Off Topic 10 03-29-2007 05:31 PM
now she SERIOUSLY reminds me of my ex SBK Pilot Off Topic 12 07-19-2006 12:54 PM
Advertisement
Old 05-23-2009, 12:04 AM   #2
Grinchy
Senior Member
 
Grinchy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Seabrook
Feedback Rating: (15)
Posts: 15,535

Experience: 10+ years
Trackdays: 10+

Bike(s):
'prila









Quote:
Originally Posted by jodyhudson View Post
by dean adams
Friday, May 22, 2009


Longtime Superbike crewchief Gary Medley says he sees a great resemblemce between the current Ben Spies and one of his former riders--1993 World Superbke champion Scott Russell. Medley worked with Russell for several years early in his career--the pair won Daytona, the US Superbike championship and World Superbike championship together on Rob Muzzy-owned Kawasakis.

"Just the way he's aggressive, doesn't care who is in front of him and how he's supposed to stay behind and learn," Medley says of what he sees in Spies that reminds him of Russell. "Scott was that same way. Didn't care if it was his teammate or the world champion in front of him in a corner--he was going to push 'em."

Russell had a part-time "learning" season in World Superbike in 1992 before he hit the series full time in 1993. That experience culminated with him winning the world title for Kawasaki in '93. Spies, obviously, had no learning season in WSBK to learn the tracks and acclimate.

"Ben has done an awesome job," Medley says. "He's helped by having (crewchief Tom) Houseworth there, but you can just (tell) by looking at him in the races and see he's riding so hard. That's so impressive."

Spies' unfortunate run of DNFs has hurt his title hopes and critics now infer that somewhow Spies will have failed in World Superbike if he doesn't win the title.

Medley, known, shall we say, for not holding his opinions back, sputters, "Who says that? I'll tell you who: dumb people. People who don't know nothing. What Ben's done there is nothing short of amazing, title or no title. Think of how he's changed that series, look at how many riders it took 1-2-3 years to learn the bike and the tracks and win races. Spies goes to places he's never seen before and waxes them."

Medley split with the Rockwall Honda team earlier in the season and is currently exploring his options.


LINK


Mr Daytona
Grinchy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
DLSGAP
Whats the "Dragon"
 
DLSGAP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Midlothian, TX
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 361

Experience: 10+ years
Trackdays: 10+

Bike(s):
'11 FZ8









Scott Russell was one of my idols when i was growing up. He's one of a nice guy and is still a good rider. Was up at deals gap a couple years back and ran into him up there... Of course he didn't remember meeting me at road atlanta back in 92, but we went on a little run through the dragon... He had one hand off the bars and was pushin me right to the edge of what i felt comfortable with.. It was great...

I have to agree that Spies has a similar style... And despite the dnf's, i think he's already shown that he can be a huge success in wsbk and maybe more
__________________
-Damien

"If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to ride that thing could do for you "
DLSGAP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 08:57 PM   #4
Metzzen1
Crazy Member
 
Metzzen1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: pearland/friendswood
Feedback Rating: (1)
Posts: 564

Experience: 5 years
Trackdays: 1

Bike(s):
srad gix 6









Send a message via AIM to Metzzen1
this thread got my attention....cuz my name is Russell Medley......oddd coincidence
__________________
Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself - Thomas Jefferson
Metzzen1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #5
jeffLSTD
A hit off the track pipe?
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Houston
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 420

Experience: 10+ years
Trackdays: 10+

Bike(s):
'08 Kawasaki ZX-10R (track bike)









yeah. The Screamin' Chief was the first racer I really dug... and nobody off Foggy like Ru$$ell!!!!
__________________
Jeff Grant
jeffLSTD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 09:36 AM   #6
Grinchy
Senior Member
 
Grinchy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Seabrook
Feedback Rating: (15)
Posts: 15,535

Experience: 10+ years
Trackdays: 10+

Bike(s):
'prila









Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffLSTD View Post
yeah. The Screamin' Chief was the first racer I really dug... and nobody off Foggy like Ru$!!!!
only Slighty
remember Foggys farm and the pigs

Russell was the nuts and to break the Ducati strangehold on WSBK at that time was superhuman
Grinchy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 10:24 AM   #7
RoadracerNC
Former Dragon Slayer
 
RoadracerNC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Pearland
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 7,250

Experience: 8 years
Trackdays: 10+











Send a message via AIM to RoadracerNC
Quote:
Originally Posted by DLSGAP View Post
Scott Russell was one of my idols when i was growing up. He's one of a nice guy and is still a good rider. Was up at deals gap a couple years back and ran into him up there... Of course he didn't remember meeting me at road atlanta back in 92, but we went on a little run through the dragon... He had one hand off the bars and was pushin me right to the edge of what i felt comfortable with.. It was great...

I have to agree that Spies has a similar style... And despite the dnf's, i think he's already shown that he can be a huge success in wsbk and maybe more
You rode the dragon with Scott Russell?

Geez.........

I wonder if he would have ran from the state troopers up there.
__________________
"The liberties of none are safe, unless the liberties of all are protected." -Justice William O. Douglas
NewSig2 1
RoadracerNC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Advertisement


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:54 AM.


MotoHouston.com is not responsible for the content posted by users.
Privacy Policy