MotoGP » Ben Spies accident caused by 'broken swingarm'


"Had a solid 4th wrapped up till the swingarm decided to break" - Ben Spies.

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Bob Napp - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:37 AM

There is no way that swingarm snapped while riding - NO WAY! The broken swingarm was simply a result of the crash, impact with the pavement.

Don't show me photos of a broken swingarm after the crash and expect that I'm so gullible to buy that story. Show me video of the swingarm snapping in the turn and I'm on-board, but not until.

Not a lemming.

jack - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:39 AM

Did anybody see the interview with spies and parrish?
Spies says that,Yamaha are waiting for Rossi to make up his mind where he is going next year,wheather with yamaha or staying with ducati, if he stays with ducati,Spies said that maybe Yamaha will or he hopes that they will give him his ride back, with a lot of bad luck this year, no wonder he is pissed off with everything, and i cant wait to hear what he says about things at the end of the year,motogp now is just one big political game,purely focused on ressurecting god,no matter what the consequences. I also await Stoners thoughts at the same time. cheers.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:40 AM

A broken swingarm is very rare - and in this case presumably a stress fracture was originally caused by Spies crash yesterday. Could be that the damage was not visible to the naked eye and would just have shown up with an ultrasound check. That type of check is carried out routinely on wheels, but the teams probably don't have the gear to do it in the pits.

As they say, "Good luck is when preparation meets opportunity"

There has been plenty of bad luck in Bens camp this year - some of it from poor preparation.

Surrealist - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:41 AM

@Bob Napp Fortunately we don't have to rely on pictures or your opinion. Data loggers for the team will have told the story, as suspension travel is tracked to the fraction of a mm. The quote of broken swingarm comes out after the team & rider had the opportunity to check the data.

Bob Napp - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:57 AM

Some interesting false comments being posted here (a nice way of saying, lies). There was no televised video of Ben going through the turn, only after he had crashed. So the statement that you watched the video fram by frame and could see the swingarm cracking and letting loose is 100% garbage. Also, I follow Yamaha on Twitter and they have made no such comments.

Yamaha employee or Spies family member?

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