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June 17th, 2017, 02:55 AM   #1
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Ben just been interviewed and said he's got the itch to be on a road race bike again. When pressed he said he wouldn't rule out a return to WSBK!
Be amazing to see Ben back on a Yamaha in WSBK...
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Ben just been interviewed and said he's got the itch to be on a road race bike again. When pressed he said he wouldn't rule out a return to WSBK!
Be amazing to see Ben back on a Yamaha in WSBK...
Just have to hope that Houseman and Mary aren't similarly tempted to join him.
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Would love that. Big fan.
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Just have to hope that Houseman and Mary aren't similarly tempted to join him.


Agree buddy, give Mary a break though. She worked several jobs to fund his racing and often drove overnight to races, whilst Ben slept in the car en route.
As a mum, she was probably too emotionally involved to be an effective manager.
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where is this interview? id love to see ben back racing
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Give him Sykes bike. Is he carrying injuries?
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where is this interview? id love to see ben back racing


There were a couple on British Eurosport buddy.
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Just have to hope that Houseman and Mary aren't similarly tempted to join him.
Why? Without his mom's support we may have never seen Ben become an AMA or WSBK champion and GP winner. Houseman? Perhaps we should judge Jeremy Burgess' competence based on his Ducati stint? After all, how much wrenching was required when you got the "GOAT" riding for you?

Consider this: Ben Spies' mom and crew chief were certainly a significant part of why he earned the Yamaha factory seat. Ben Spies' mom and crew chief were NOT the reason for his early exit from the factory Yamaha seat, that, unfortunately, is a dynamic far out of the reach of his mom or Houseman! Allow me to beleaguer the point further, whilst Houseman wrenched and Spies rode, there was simultaneously a negotiation happening behind the scenes, not just any kind of negotiation, as certainly the parties involved saw it as the very sport in the balance! Ben Spies never had a chance competing with that dynamic. A calm Carmelo Ezpeleta acting as Valentino Rossi's sport agent was in negotiations with Yamaha to extricate the Italian from a disastrous stint with Ducati, but more importantly, the CEO of MotoGP was under pressure to stop the bleeding value of the sport! If you think that was less significant than mom's support and Houseman's supposed incompetence, then I would like to direct your attention to two examples of the magnitude of power politics when it comes to Valentino Rossi and the value he means to the sport. Today, Maverick Viņalez is understanding the reality of being Dorna's teammate. The mechanism for withdrawing a tire that Viņalez won the first two GPs was attempted to be introduced only in the 2nd race of the season, that is stunning mobilization. This is Maverick Viņalez, a category champion, with the right passport and matching clout. He's learning what Jorge Lorenzo knows about being Dorna's teammate, which we can both bet won't be aided by Carmelo Ezpeleta coming to help Jorge off his Ducati stint. What chance did 'American' (and the outsider reality that it carries) Ben Spies have against the very financial health of the sport? There needed to be an open seat, that seat was being negotiated by MotoGP's CEO for the ONLY rider that matters, whilst Spies rode and Houseman wrenched and mom gave her son support; there was no chance the outcome would have been any different.


We can sit here and read about the denials of this dynamic by J4rn0, Vudu, Migs, Daniboy, and every other informed or ignorant fan of Rossi, we can even discuss the futility of entertaining the significance of Friday's set up by Rossi, but the dynamic makes the exercise absurd, ridiculous, and silly at best. It's tantamount to discussing soccer tactics of the winning team when the arbitrator is on the take. When the referee throws a game, we want to talk about how the losing team didn’t deploy the right tactics?
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