Well, it appears Lorenzo still rates Spies.
crash.net quoted Lorenzo thus this week
"In theory for me it is the same, because I understand that Ben Spies is a great rider. Just he didn't feel great last season, but I believe he is one of the fastest riders in MotoGP."
Apparently Pedrosa had said that having Marquez alongside him in the same team was no big deal as he had always had tough team-mates, to which Lorenzo appended the quote above. Not quite clear where they were at the time - perhaps a media session at Qatar.