Posted: 30 Sep 2013
2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies has commented on Twitter how he is “completely against” the Isle of Man TT races to become the second top-level racer to recently criticise the most famous road races in the World.
In August, speaking to Crash.net, Alstare Ducati World Superbike rider, Carlos Checa commented: “I’m completely against that race. For a thrill I can go at 185 mph without a helmet if I want but it's not a good idea, the TT is the same thing.”
“I think that some of the scenes we get from that race such as motorcycles jumping in the street don't give a good image for motorcycle racing. I would ask the people who organise that race if they would be happy if their son were taking part” the Spaniard finished.
In an interesting turn of events Spies, who is currently sitting out the remainder of the MotoGP season through injury, came out with precisely the same comments as Checa following being asked if he’d ever participate in the legendary race on Twitter.
“No I'm sorry but I'm completely against that race I can't even watch it. Would love to ask the promoter to let his kid race” replied Spies.
When challenged on his comments, Spies added: “I'm a fan of all racing and it's not that I don't respect the guys I just think it's over the line”.
Checa has since claimed his comments were taken out of context. “To make clear I've been to the TT and I follow the races. I’ve met many top riders and I admire and respect all of them. Forget this interview it is out of context and is not what I think, tabloid press!”