Have you been wondering what happened to Yamaha’s Ben Spies this year? After his Rookie of the Year season in MotoGP, he was nipping at the heels of his fast teammate Jorge Lorenzo last year, winning at Assen, and finding the podium a total of four times. This year, he has been trying to find a clue, instead, with a pair of 11th place finishes in the first two races.
Stating his crew had found a huge set-up change, Spies was quickest in the first practice at Estoril and second quickest in the afternoon practice (only bested by Casey Stoner). We will keep you posted on developments this weekend, including a brief report on qualifying tomorrow.
|1||1||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1’38.396|
|2||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||1’38.717||0.321 / 0.321|
|3||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1’38.742||0.346 / 0.025|
|4||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1’38.797||0.401 / 0.055|
|5||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||1’38.930||0.534 / 0.133|
|6||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||1’38.959||0.563 / 0.029|
|7||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1’39.029||0.633 / 0.070|
|8||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||1’39.193||0.797 / 0.164|
|9||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1’39.357||0.961 / 0.164|
|10||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1’39.615||1.219 / 0.258|