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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Mon - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 9:38 AM

A swingarm does not suddenly decide to break...! I bet the swingarm was damaged in his previous crash, then his slack mechanics did not discover the damage and sent him out to race on it...!
Don't fire Ben Spies - fire his useless mechanics before they cause serious injury to a rider...!

srad - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 9:55 AM

Can anyone remember how good Spies was in AMA/WSBK, on the Tech3 bike?
Now some of you are saying he can't race a bike?
What planet are you on, or is it your first season following the sport?
AMA Mladin was unbeatable, until Spies,
WSBK world champ in rookie season, on tracks never seen before.
Tech3 best rookie
Yamaha Factory Moto GP team? sub standard bike imho
I hope you come back to Moto Gp Ben with a team that really wants you to win, then KICK some BUTT dude.

. - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 10:06 AM

I bet the swingarm was damaged in his previous crash, then his slack mechanics did not discover the damage and sent him out to race on it...!
Posted by Mon

Ben crash from qp on youtube - type: Ben Spies Crash - Laguna Seca 2012

Could be, bike landed on right side, but from that video bike doesn't look too much damage to me.

Podster - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 10:17 AM

Just had it confirmed from a mate doing the camera work in the paddock that Dorma and Yamaha approached Rossi after the second race, about the same time that Dora stated that Rossi would be on a winning bike in 2013 and Rossi stated to publicly bag the sh ite out of Ducati.

Issue they had was Ben, an approach was made for him to want to move but he (more his mom) said no and since then little things get forgotten and his luck turned bad.

Think of it this way, Rossi is the biggest draw card MotoGP has and regardless if he wins another WC he can bring the money Motogp needs to survive.

Spies has made it clear that Yamaha want Rossi and is being tight lipped about everything, very uncommon for any person leaving a place.

This is what is known around the paddock


July 30, 2012 10:56 AM

@ Podster

No doubt there've been moves to get Rossi back into Ducati since way back, and I also agree that this is behind Spies' decision to quit, but I don't see that it follows that Yamaha should need to sabotage his bike in potentially lethal ways. Ben was out of contract for the following year anyway, all they had to if they really wanted Rossi was just not renew it?


July 30, 2012 11:01 AM
Last Edited 1123 days ago

"Sack his useless mechanics"

Maybe they should start carrying ultrasound or xray equipment everywhere to see a hairline fracture?

The buck stops with a guy who Spies insisted on and I think is one of his downfalls into not making it in GP, Howsworth (or how ever you spell it), a change of crew chief with experience might bring a turnaround for Ben.

Oh yes and a new agent.

Lawyer - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:07 AM

"little things got forgotten", you do realise if this is true and Ben has a massive off they would be looking at manslaughter!
I think I will take you and your mate with a hefty dose of salt thanks!

M1M - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:16 AM

It will be interesting to see whether we ever get any detail about what actually broke. When a piston smashes into a valve and then punches it into the spark plug, they say the bike suffered "an electrical problem". I think if a part broke, (as opposed to something working loose and coming apart), then it's more likely to be a high stressed item like a bell crank than the swinging arm itself. It would be harder to spot and less likely to be replaced after an accident than a swinging arm, which would be more likely to show damage and be renewed after a crash. It makes no sense to talk about Yamaha 'sabotaging' him, as he brought his own crew with him. They don't seem to be world class level as there have been too many errors - leaving overflow clamp on, failing to spot/replace broken subframe etc. They've now cost him big time at a home circuit where he was on for a decent result. He deserves better luck, (and crew), at Indianapolis.

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