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May 11th, 2018, 04:13 AM   #681
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All this Ben Spies talk has got me thinking. Did anyone else see the interview with Ben (I think it was at the start of the current WSBK season, but don't quote me on it) and he was saying that the shoulder finally has enough strength back in it and he was considering riding competitively again? I don't think he was talking GPs though.
I'm not saying he was the best, but he was my favourite rider and the factory season with the broken swing arm etc was a nightmare.
I remember him saying (post retirement) that he got how everyone was so fast, in that he understood how they did it, with the exception of 2 people, Casey and Marc.
I don't recall Marquez overlapping Spies GP career.
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I don't recall Marquez overlapping Spies GP career.
He didn't mate, that's why I put '(post retirement)' as in Ben's retirement.
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His bike never seemed as good after he said it too ..... how odd!
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All this Ben Spies talk has got me thinking. Did anyone else see the interview with Ben (I think it was at the start of the current WSBK season, but don't quote me on it) and he was saying that the shoulder finally has enough strength back in it and he was considering riding competitively again? I don't think he was talking GPs though.
I'm not saying he was the best, but he was my favourite rider and the factory season with the broken swing arm etc was a nightmare.
I remember him saying (post retirement) that he got how everyone was so fast, in that he understood how they did it, with the exception of 2 people, Casey and Marc.
I only heard about the interview second-hand. Yeah.. I miss having him around. His time in WSBK was so exciting. His time in MotoGP was bloody tragic. The guy had such a dry sense of humor, and he never, or almost never, was one to bitch and moan. I still have my official Yamaha crew jacket from his WSBK days, 'cause I'm such a fan boy.
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I don't know why it took so long for me to put the muppets on Ignore. I'm so enjoying the forum without their bullshit. Do yourself a favor.
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I only heard about the interview second-hand. Yeah.. I miss having him around. His time in WSBK was so exciting. His time in MotoGP was bloody tragic. The guy had such a dry sense of humor, and he never, or almost never, was one to bitch and moan. I still have my official Yamaha crew jacket from his WSBK days, 'cause I'm such a fan boy.
Ben was on the grid at a WSBK event and one of the Eurosport presenters spoke to him when he mentioned a possible come back. I don't mind admitting that I got a little frenzied-up.
Agreed on the sense of humour, I will always remember the sketch he did when he said how he memorised the new tracks depending on how they resembled dinosaurs and his key chain obsession too.
As for his WSBK season, has there ever been a more impressive rookie season on the world stage other than Marc?
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I don't know why it took so long for me to put the muppets on Ignore. I'm so enjoying the forum without their bullshit. Do yourself a favor.
Didn’t hypoKesh criticize Roger for trying to do the same thing by creating his own forum?
Now imagine if me or Synn found a way to hack into his little bubble. He’d be crying foul.
That’s exactly what hypokesh did and Roger didn’t say shit. He allowed him on his forum. Shortly after Benedick came back here, and began to slander Roger AGAIN.

The thing about the ignore button is that it still shows you that someone posted. Kancer has no impulse control, so he will still click off the ignore button to read the posts, and pretend like he didnt.
So carry replying gents. Bubble Boys ignore ruse is fooling no one
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I did!
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You do realize that if enough people put the trolls on ignore, they will start to push a shadow government/deep state theory. I've seen that accusation go around before. They hate being ignored.
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Ben was on the grid at a WSBK event and one of the Eurosport presenters spoke to him when he mentioned a possible come back. I don't mind admitting that I got a little frenzied-up.
Agreed on the sense of humour, I will always remember the sketch he did when he said how he memorised the new tracks depending on how they resembled dinosaurs and his key chain obsession too.
As for his WSBK season, has there ever been a more impressive rookie season on the world stage other than Marc?
Kenny Roberts Senior?

Spies was a great teammate for MM. No not that MM, nor that MM, either. But the Australian dude. Matt has a great sense of humor. Way too dry and sophisticated for the American audience. So, Ben was a good counter-point for the AMA audience. I am sure Mr. Spies owes much of his success to having to race Matt. And he pushed MM. Otherwise, MM really would have just "cruised" though multiple more AMA championships. Honda needed to put more money into the 1000cc part of the series. I think they got confused by the Daytona race, and thought all they had to do was win that one. Silly bears.

What happened with Spies was surely surprising. And I assume disappointing to other American fans, like myself.
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