MotoGP » Lucky escape as Spies smashes back protector

"I hit my back pretty badly, my back protector is really busted up, but it did its job" - Ben Spies.

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June 13, 2011 2:45 PM

@Aeolus of ALL rider don't make Ven out to be a pre-Madonna. The kid is fast and is an American dirt tracker who I watched slide around the outside of people in the rain for years.
Last year he was a rookie and with the ENGINE RULE didn't want to smash a engine up riding in conditions that were due to change the next day...

Gman - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 2:52 PM

Yeh get better soon Ben. Have high hopes for you this season, but yes think needs that extra 1%,seemed very keen in his rookie year but seems to have gone off the boil a bit since coming to europe, sorry about the weather bud, you want to live here 365days a year??

@ ebaums - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 3:13 PM

@ ebaums
He is the most unhappy rider on the grid. Everyone expected miracles from him and he cant deliver. He looks as disapointed as all the fans. I hope for some kind of breakthrough for him soon. He has talent. Now he needs luck as well.


June 13, 2011 3:17 PM

@gorrillared. You must mean motocross as races aren't run in the rain on flat tracks. Guys that race in Europe since they are kids are used to tough conditions except very high
temperatures. Ben looks to need an attitude adjustment on that and make it a point to practice in wet cold conditions to inure himself to discomfort.

rex - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 3:32 PM

Whats the point in spending millions and keeping that killer wall there? Just stupid in my opinion.
Simo could have hit it as well. Very lucky outcome.

Revsak - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 3:50 PM

It wasn't turn 1 where Spies fell it was going into copse which is the old turn 1. Saw it happen on Sunday, he went down as soon as he touched the brake, it was a very quick fall. Best wishes to ben & glad he's not hurt

j lp - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 4:04 PM

Another disapoiment Ben I'm sorry but you suck for colin edwards to pass you during the race on an inferior machine C'mon buddy wake up or go back to superbikes GPs aren't your cup of tea i guess


June 13, 2011 4:06 PM

I didn't see the crash at all - the camera missed it I guess. His bike looked smashed to pieces.

Anyway, not a good enough of a result. It's like him and Simoncelli have a bet on who can DNF the most this year.

Since the AMA doesn't race much in the rain, I'm pretty sure Ben has been in fewer wet races than anyone on the grid. But I'm not letting Benny off the hook with that excuse. He's had some good races in the rain before and is at the top level in MotoGP - better results are expected.

Bliz - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 4:34 PM

I seem to recall Ben being pretty quick in the dry.

He definitely needs to improve in the wet, but almost EVERY rider in the paddock took a few years to really master the wet conditions: Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, give him a chance. It's still his first year on factory bike.

Yamazuki - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 4:36 PM

My only comment is how come a rider hits a wall in a FIM sanctioned circuit where millions or Euros are being thrown at? Have these people ever heard about "Air Fence"

You never assume a certain area can't be reached by a stray rider or vehicle by dry standards, you have to use wet conditions as standard, I've seen Hayden and Pedrosa hit Air Fence in wet crashes at very high speeds because the asphalt friction is less and the gravel gets hardened in wet conditions. Last year Lascorz also had a severe accident in a Silverstone wall, these people need to do a safety check all over again.

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