I am a big Spies fan and was disappointed with his results last year. I witnessed all of the bad luck, mechanicals, and mistakes.
The bottom line is that he completely failed at what previous racers have said is Rule #1:
"First Beat Your Teammate".
Lorenzo destroyed him in all aspects of measure.
Lorenzo also beat his teammate Rossi.
Lorenzo may not be as outwardly aggressive as Mladin, but he may be mentally tougher.
Oh how I would have loved to see Lorenzo and Stoner on the same team!