Yamaha Tells Lame Duck Ben Spies to Give it His All or Go Home

The Yamaha camp has had enough of Ben Spies’ run of bad luck. Shortly after Spies’ Yamaha YZR-M1’s motor give up its ghost at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Yamaha reportedly told the racer who has already announced that he’ll be leaving Yamaha at the end of this season to stay home if he’s not going to give it his all.

Speaking at a press conference following his bike’s blow up at Indianapolis GP, Spies said, “I was told by someone at Yamaha that if I’m not going to ride at 100% at Laguna, then don’t show up. I came to Laguna, and I tried as best as I could, and the bike had a malfunction. Then we came here with 100%, and did the best we could, and we had another mechanical with the bike. I’ve given my 100%, so to be told what I was told after Mugello, and the way it was, and then to give the effort I have the last two weekends, I don’t think it’s fair. I know my team is [giving 100%], it’s shown.”

Spies was not happy with the message he had been given. Talking about it, he said, “I don’t respect what was told to me, and what we’ve tried to do this year. We had a problem at Assen with the tire, which wasn’t our fault, and also at Silverstone. But Qatar, here and Laguna, we’ve had three mechanical problems with the bike. I wouldn’t say its Yamaha’s fault at all, it’s been bad luck too. Why it’s happening to me, I don’t know. It was a big frustration about a month ago, but now we go to Brno, and I wonder what’s going to happen next.”

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