MotoGP » Ben Spies, Iannone secure 2013 MotoGP seats

"Ducati announces that it has signed an agreement with American Ben Spies and Italian Andrea Iannone to compete in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship"

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emladin - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 5:49 PM

First off, Audi influence in the new direction of the Ducati MGP project is far greater than anyone on a forum will ever know. That's not to guarantee instant success for next year but it does give them a much better chance than ever before.

Secondly, Ben signed for one year with an option for a reason. You already know that it is for Suzuki GP.


September 12, 2012 5:50 PM

If Audi is going to pump a dump truck full of money in I think its smart for Ben to take a risk. With 3 very experienced riders under one umbrella Ducati should be able to start getting their **** together pretty quickly especially with the much needed cash infusion.

Even better is if Ben doesn't like it, he can always set sail back to Hamamatsu, Suzuki would definitely welcome him back with open arms.


September 12, 2012 5:53 PM

I can't say if the move is a good one for Ben, but I'm still glad that he's chosen to stay in the series. It may be a long shot, but it could pay off. BS has to be looking to out-perform Nicky IMO - if he gets on with the Ducati then he gets the factory bike then, and also improves his stock with a Suzuki option for 2014.

If the move doesn't work? Well, then unless the other riders do much better than he does, then his reputation may well not be too tarnished, and he'd still be able to compete for a decent WSB ride for 2014 maybe?

Good to see Iannone there too - should add a little spice to things, which is certainly needed.

jmhart00 - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 5:53 PM

@ Shamarone

Meaning it's a one year deal with Duc and that's it...he'll be moving on to develop the Suz. He evidently sees staying in GP as a priority with more competing to do. Yeah, the Duc is a piece, but a challenge he's willing to tackle. Also, frankly considering the choices on WHAT'S available and the direction some of these teams decided to go with signing riders, not much else can be said.

Oh, and this garbage about giving up the seat at yamaha...I have a feeling he knew that VR was coming back, and considering his lack of results with the crazy drama with Yam and more importantly the poor condition of his M1, it was only a matter of time and he saw the writing on the wall. Can't fault him for wanting to enjoy competing and not have to worry if your ride will fall apart...something fishy going on in that Yam camp...


September 12, 2012 5:55 PM

This is not a silly move, people. You have to see beneath the surface once in a while. In this case, Ben has to know that Audi will not stand back and let Ducati's race department continue to tarnish the brand, hence the recent announcement that Ducati is restructuring that wing of the company. Audi recognizes that is is broken and is therefore "fixing it."

Moreover, if it does not work out to Ben's advantage next year, he will very likely be the guy to head up Suzuki's return to the grid in 2014. This will fit in nicely with the scheduled end of Ben's Pramac contract. This is not rocket science.

Hope against hope - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 5:57 PM

I actually would part with one of my testicles to see Spies run in front of Rossi at some point next year given the underhand way he's been treated to make way for Rossi on the Yamaha.

The sad reality of what the class has become probably makes it an impossibility but boy, it really would be my high point of the season.

Anyway, best of luck to both Ben and Crazy Joe, two excellent riders and true racers!


September 12, 2012 5:59 PM

For Ben , his 2013 focus was to stay in GP. Make no doubt he will be a factory Suzuki rider in 2014. He may already have that contract in hand. Hey, he has to ride somewhere, and the Ducati is a proven pig, he does not need to have the best results. Stay in the top ten, and prepare for 2014 is his mission.

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