MotoGP » Ben Spies withdraws from Malaysian MotoGP

Yamaha's Ben Spies to miss second MotoGP race in a row.

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October 22, 2011 9:01 PM

Smart move, actually. Would have been wise of him to have sat this round out completely and come back after three weeks R&R for Valencia. The first off he had in FP he was on his hands and knees for a few seconds before he could get up. The QP crash he was almost staggering after he got up and had to lean against the service vehicle that came.

Now he has less than two weeks to get healthy for Valencia. He has a 17 point lead over Rossi and Simo, so it would take either of these riders to place 2nd or better to displace him from 5th. I think the best Simo can do this weekend is 3rd unless there are some crashes at the front, and Rossi, well, not on the podium unless it rains. So odds are Ben should be holding on to 5th going into the final round.


October 22, 2011 10:51 PM

I'd be surprised if he was anywhere near fit by Valencia though. Soft tissue injuries around the ribs are notoriously slow to heal. Edwards suffered very similar injuries at the same time as he broke his collarbone, and long after the break had healed he was still having big problems with the ribs. Even at Mugello, a month after his accident, he was finding it tough.

Absolutely the right decision to pull Ben out though. If it was up to him he no doubt would have raced, but his team and management have done the right thing and put his safety first.

GJN - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 12:09 AM

yamaha domination since rossi left.
Posted by Lol - Unregistered (9 hours ago)
I guess your point is that Rossi leaving has destroyed Yam?
That's hard to prove. Only injury to the riders has put them in a hole. Is Rossi to blame for this somehow? Seems a harsh comment. Lorenzo is so far ahead of the third place Honda of Pedrosa he does not even need to show for the last three races and he will still be second. Spies has not set the world on fire for sure but if he can regain fitness I am sure he has the potential to be a regular podium contender next year. It has been said many times but remains true, Casey is the difference between a world championship or an also ran for Honda. Lorenzo has proved Casey can be beaten by a yam. I think Rossis new employer would swap their results for yamahas this year. Still I guess ou have to take your shot at all non Rossi teams don't you?


October 23, 2011 1:30 AM

It is about time Dorna did something to ensure full grids. And not let the teams throw hack test riders on the back of the grid.

The MotoGP grids are pretty thin at best. There needs to be some reserve riders to fill the places or have the teams nominate reserves.

Lost Racer..... - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 4:29 AM

I think Speis was being courageous Even Contemplating a return any rib injury is perhaps the most painful and the most difficult to heal
even when you feel a sneeze coming on you know your infor extreme pain every normal every day action cn cause pain laughter is not a good thing.

So to ride a bike over a bump would be excrutiating
I wish him well...........

Rt - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 4:52 AM


salafy tobat - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 4:58 AM

The second Rossi's curse. After Sete never win championship then Lorenzo (with Yamaha) will never win championship again..

I think Yamaha really really regret hired Lorenzo and release Rossi.

Lorenzo still need to prove that he can win without rossi. And unfortunately he failed..

salafy tobat - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 5:22 AM


You wrong or stupid ya..
Yamaha never win championsip over 1 decade before Rossi joined. After rossi joined to Yamaha then Yamaha dominated motogp for 7 years. That solid proved you know..

About Ducati rossi, this is just proved that Rossi is the master on Japanese bike.. But that can't denied the fact that Rossi is the goat with 7 championship on premier class..

salafy tobat - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 5:31 AM


No need to be genious to see that Yamaha with Rossi is the best handling bike out there for 7 years. And after rossi left Yamaha, no one curious that Yamaha will be suck for this year..

Lorenzo can't developed the bike as good as rossi did and this is the main reason why Yamaha domination will over..

And about ducati rossi its clear rossi only can ride japanese bike. In this point stoner better than rossi..

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