If there was ever a chance for Ben Spies to redeem himself, it was today.
After Bautista took Lorenzo out in the first turn of the Assen TT, Ben looked prepared to redeem himself and help Yamaha hold on to the lead in championship points.
Instead, Ben goes backwards and gets into a sparring match with Dovizioso who clearly wants Ben’s ride. They didn’t do each other any favors.
Ben, you have no excuses anymore.
Meanwhile, the drama continues with riders negotiating with teams behind the scenes.
Rumors have it that final seats are no way near being chosen with Hayden waiting to see where the chips fall with Rossi still undecided and Crutchlow being offered a Ducati contract. Word is that Rossi may be moving back to a factory Honda / Gresini ride which would likely leave Hayden with Ducati.
Marquez is almost certainly taking a seat with the factory Honda team and Pedrosa appears to be coming back – although Valentino could shake that up.
The Assen TT has certainly been an interesting race with riders going down on the track as well as in the points.
The fans at the track and watching on TV were not given the race they were looking for. One could argue that it mixed things up though. Seven riders left the race which included big names.
In the end, it was a battle between Spies and Dovi that gathered the most attention in the final laps. Dovi proved he is worthy of Spies’ ride after relegating Spies to 4th on the factory bike. Unfortunately, they may as well have been racing on another track.
Stoner won by a huge margin over Pedrosa while 3rd and 4th places weren’t even close.
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