MotoGP » Ben Spies: Fingers crossed…

“It's been an unbelievable year but we'll give it 100% as always this weekend and fingers crossed it'll be trouble free” – Ben Spies

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September 11, 2012 3:39 PM

@ MD Zane

Well I'm not RawDawg but I think I understand the sanity of the move. For a start, it won't be a fourth string bike but either full factory spec or very close to. And with 4 riders feeding back to the factory and with Audi speeding up the processing of new parts, development could speed up substantially.


September 11, 2012 3:41 PM

But I think the main attraction for Spies is this: nobody really knows who is going to shine on the Ducati next year. Spies has every chance - in theory - of outperforming the other Ducati riders and steering development to suit his style, because you can bet Ducati will favour the guy bringing in the results. And if 2013 works well, then a spot is going to open up for the following year when Nicky's contract expires.

For now, Spies will again be competing in a strong team but as an underdog. Sound familiar?

Marc - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 3:47 PM

Has anyone confirmed Spies satellite Ducati deal? Thought rumors were that he was headed back to WSB on a BMW or Suzuki. However, he's a talented rider with ability to race in MotoGP. If the Duc Sat rumor is true it will be interesting to see him battle with Hayden and Dovi next season.

Marc - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 3:49 PM

Don-R I agree with you that if Spies goes to Duc then the most worried will probably be Hayden. If Spies just matches Hayden and outshines him once or twice then Hayden's mediocre career in MotoGP will be over.

Marc - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 3:54 PM

Don in regards to your other comment regarding having 4 factory bikes this will help development but it will be telling in the next few races with Rossi to see they are starting to improve. My guess is that it will be incremental and if stories that the Yam and Honda satellites will start getting slightly older mods then it's possible that Ducati will be more consistently above most other team's satellite's next year.

dc - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 5:18 PM

The move to Ducati makes perfect sense actually. Everyone knows the bike is a mess right now. If Ben doesn't go well on the Duc, then it's the bike's fault. If he does go well, it's because Ben's riding style makes the bike work. He's in a no-lose situation on the Ducati.

Having said that, I'd still rather see him on the Suzuki


September 11, 2012 5:30 PM
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But is the Suzuki a better bike then the Ducati? The GSVR didnt accomplish much sence it showed up on the Grid and in 2014 it will be a all new design so who knows how good it will be.
Ben at Ducati is good for the Italian manufacter he is a good development rider and provides good feed back providing theres anyone willing to listen.Don-R is correct in saying if he can show some decent results Ducati will throw all there support behind him..Same goes for the other 3 prototype riders though as well so there is alot of leverage up for grabs inside the Ducati garage next season.


September 11, 2012 6:04 PM

bwhahahaha.... i cant even talk about ben going pod racing star wars stylee in 2013 without getting deleted... F N hilarious

why cant i make up rumors... thats all anyone is talkng about here... if crash can say he is going here and shove it in peoples face like its fact why cant I

hmm maybe crash likes to use its media clout to influence what they want to see... like Rossi winning every race and no americans anywhere in any form of racing anywhere... bunch of (fill in insult to be edited here)

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