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Motorsport | MotoGP

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Spies sorry for 'pathetic race'



Ben Spies has apologised to his Yamaha team after a "pathetic" Sunday afternoon in Jerez saw him finish down in 11th place.

Spies had a difficult start to the season in Qatar where severe chatter put him down in 11th place, almost a minute behind his teammate Jorge Lorenzo who won the race.

The Texan had hoped to rebound at the second MotoGP event of the season, which took place at Jerez this past weekend.

Starting sixth on the grid, the 27-year-old looked solid but ultimately suffered a dramatic fall off in pace.

He slumped to 11th, finishing 38seconds behind race winner Casey Stoner who was dogged all the way to the chequered flag by Spies's Yamaha teammate.

"I don't really know what happened," Spies said.

"I got off to a pretty good start from the line but after that I didn't have a good feeling with the bike, it was a pretty pathetic race really for me.

"I've apologised to the team and we've had a long meeting about what I was feeling with the bike.

"I just wasn't comfortable, I rode as hard as I could but the speed just wasn't there.

"We need to find something because we can see the Yamahas are working well but my feeling with the bike is not great.

"It was a bad day at the office."

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