|Spies failed to Ignite the timing sheets in Q2
Photo: Pramac Racing Team
Ignite Pramac Racing Team’s Ben Spies failed to make it into Q2 in the opening qualifying session of the season at Qatar following a crash in free practise 4 earlier on that evening.
The American, who is making his debut on a Ducati this weekend finished combined free practice in 11th position, 1.224 seconds off rookie Marc Marquez.
Spies lost the front end of the bike just minutes into FP4, which affected his performance in Q1 and as a result cost him his place in Q2.
“The session was going okay for us at first. We were just working on race setup with old tyres on from yesterday, and we actually started to get faster and gain some confidence. Then I just got into turn 2 too hot and I grabbed a lot of front brake and went down at pretty good speed. Fortunately, we were able to get up and go out with the second bike. The problem was that the back of the bike had a completely different setting, and I couldn’t get up to the same speed that I was at before and get into Q2. Overall, it was good to get back on the bike, and it was good that we were getting up to speed. I’m sorry for the team, and we’ll come back tomorrow.”