Originally Posted by DC2wheels
So....all you knowledgeable MotoGP folks- especially you Krop-
(and maybe this was already discussed and I missed the boat?)
Spies' early announcement re: his leaving Yamaha- was it due to his dissatisfaction with the team or had someone at Yamaha dropped the hint of his seat going to VR? Or??
Obviously there is a ton of behind the scene and behind the behind the scene stuff going on at this level of racing/ corporate doings.
And was Spies really riding on the same equipment as Lorenzo?
There were no visual clues that the two bikes were any different. Lorenzo was clearly the lead rider, and got the new stuff maybe one race earlier. But basically, Lorenzo and Spies were on the same bike.
Spies was well aware of the media speculation that Rossi could make a return, but his decision was a general dissatisfaction with the way he was being treated by Yamaha. His set up was very different from the other Yamaha riders, and Yamaha were trying to get him to use something similar to Lorenzo, Crutchlow and Dovizioso, but he didn't want to do that. The last straw came at Mugello, where he raced with severe food poisoning and then skipped the test. While he was ill, a 'senior Japanese executive' came and told him that if he wasn't going to give 100%, he needn't bother turning up at Laguna. I suspect it was meant to motivate him, but all it did is make him decide announce he would leave Yamaha via social media.