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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Legend! - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:29 AM

Saw the slow mo footage of the crash after the race,plain to see the swingarm/suspension broke causing the crash.Very bad luck for Spies,how often does a swingarm break.

bugref - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:34 AM

I am fine if Spies Leaves Yamaha, it seems he is not at home There, I am feeling sad about the lack of support made by Yamaha. unlike in Tech3 the owner really showed his respect to the guy. While in Yamaha it seems that they are directing Spies to do something.
Anyway where ever you will go. I will be supporting you. Good luck and God Speed.

edexup - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:43 AM

The reason that we are all following this online and making comment, rather than racing, is that we're not good enough.Maybe we should all remember that.
Sick of hearing armchair heroes spout off.

Spies has had a bad year. Racing history is littered with great riders who have had bad years, some recover, some don't.
Good luck to him.


July 30, 2012 11:48 AM

@bugref sorry I can't agree. Spies is a professional, it's his job to go out there and win races or at least score podiums. In 26 races on a factory bike he's scored only three podiums. Sure he's had some bad luck, but mostly he just hasn't been good enough. If he can't get the results he doesn't deserve to be on a factory bike.

If feel sorry for any rider who crashes out due to a mechanical failure, but you can't blame a season and a half of mediocre performances on one swing arm failure.


July 30, 2012 11:53 AM

Wilco reporting on twitter that it was a great weekend for Yamaha..I guess if your Jorge it was a ok weekend,starting to see the divide in the yamaha garage more clearly now.
I can't wait to hear both sides of the split..its reported at Laguna that Yamaha are saying they were going to offer Spies a contract for next season before he told them he was leaving.


July 30, 2012 11:55 AM

This is certainly a strange season. Riders crash sometimes several times during a race meet but how many suffer crashes or impaired performance as a result of hidden damage? Cal crashes a lot and he has had no equipment failures that have been made public.
On the other hand the idea of sabotage is too far from reality to consider. strange days! But clearly Ben has a real beef with certain Yamaha officials for reasons unknown. Maybe Ben is a guinea pig for Jorge being supplied with lightened parts before they are cleared for use by JL. that's all I can think of.

M1M - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:04 PM

@Rocket R1 - Zeelenberg will have been referring to the Tech3 results as well and the benefit for Yamaha in the constructor's championship although he should've really qualified that comment with an 'apart from what happened to Spies'.

Podster - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:30 PM

The little things that had been forgotten are all to do with Set-up of his bike and you have to agree it appears that his set-up has never been correct.

I believe what I have been told but don't going adding the EXTRAS like manslaughter etc, never said that nor did my source.

But think about the issues (outside of tire) that he has had and how he made his announcement BEFORE any USA race (that was pay back big time from Ben)

realist - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:32 PM

For the love of all that is holy Ben, do not ride any more this season. Its quite clear that factory Yamaha is trying to sabotage your career and possibly end it.

For the rest of you clowns who think this is amusing. Remember James Toseland? Remember Ben Spies at Tech 3? Watch what happens to next years number 2 rider and their follow on year. Mark my words, Yamaha is about as dirty as it gets.

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