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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Sam - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:28 PM

No disrespect, but I wonder based on what some people compare a single race winner none at all rider like Spies to the 9 times world champion like Rossi.

Rossi won the championship title in his first year at yamaha, what did spies do?? he won a single race??

TheBoogieMan

September 12, 2012 6:30 PM

Ben will be paid by Ducati and all 4 bikes will be essentually the same at the start of the 2013 season,if the results are favorable he will be on a full factory spec bike meaning he will receive upgrades when Dovi & Hayden do.
Let's face it the Ducati can't be much worse then the Junk Yamaha have given him this season so far...oh and remember when Cal was all set to move To Ducati?? He just said alittle too much and talked them out of offering him anything.
Ducati have themselves a strong lineup if they can improve the bike next season might not be soo bad after all.

bliz - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:30 PM

Suzuki wanted to sign Ben in 2009. Both Capirossi and Vermulen had performance based options in their contracts which both riders achieved. It simply turned out that there was no opening for Ben.

shamarone

September 12, 2012 6:30 PM

re: "@ Shamarone

Meaning it's a one year deal with Duc and that's it...he'll be moving on to develop the Suz."

oh i KNOW what it means... it means the potential for EPIC WOBBLING all ending in the "parting gift" of limb amputation. hoppy knows what i'm talkin' 'bout.

TalentFan

September 12, 2012 6:33 PM

Ah yes. Another Fanboy (yes Sam, I do mean you) trying to claim that any future Ducati success will be due to Rossi's 'development'.

I'll keep this short. NO, it won't. If a future Ducati MotoGP bike proves to be competitive, it'll be due to the work of the engineers designing the bike and the Team. Riders provide feedback on intangible feelings, they don't build frames or engines, program electronics or set-up chassis. They say how it feels and leave the clever stuff to the boffins.

If Ducati riders next season do well, then its due to the riders and Ducati, NOT Rossi.

BIRDIE495 - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:33 PM

It seems pretty obvious with a one year contract that Spies is going to lead the Suzuki when it comes back in 2014. It also does raise a flag as to what the environment is like at Yamaha currently. I can't imagine Spies leaving Yamaha to Pramac because it is a better opportunity, Yamaha just must suck and be a difficult team to ride for. With that said Spies is definitely a good thing for the Duc program, albeit is only one year, he still has a lot to offer.

And for everyone saying he would have a better ride in WSBK, who in their right mind would take a WSBK ride over any factory or satellite GP ride?!?!?! GP is the premier class, and although it has it's issues currently, it still has most of the worlds best riders and as a top rider, this is where Ben belongs. His talent is obviously greater than WSBK if he can concur a new class and variety of tracks in a single season.

King Kenny - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:37 PM

Spies has shown he can't cope with the preasure of riding for a factory team, so it makes sense he'll go back to a satellite outfit. I doubt he'll ever match his achievements on the Tech3 bike, but that season Rossi was out, Stoner was falling of his bike every other race and Pedrosa started the season with issues and missed a few races towards the end, so podiums were far cheaper than usual in 2010, thus Spies' numbers.

For those asking why would he change the factory Yamaha for a satellite Ducati, here's the answer: first, he was kicked out of Yamaha to make room for Rossi, even if he decided to announce it himself to save face, second, he goes to Pramac because nobody else wants him or has a bike available for him.

For someone who almost make Stoner's words against MotoGP his own, he sure doesn't seem in a hurry to leave. Well, Barbera...Spies...doesn't really make a difference. Good luck to Iannone, though, he's a great rider.

motogp fan - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:37 PM

It will be what it will be, ben can ride and win and he has proved that, but so have has all the other riders who have failed on the ducati. I know stoner won many times on the ducati but also crashed many times. but all in all it should be an interesting season

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