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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dm52 - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:41 PM

What does he have to loose with the Ducati deal?
Scenario 1: Rides around and falls off a lot = same old Satellite Ducati.. no one can ride those bikes except Stoner.

Scenario 2: Out-performs other satellite bikes = ooo, possibly has the skills to move this bike forward and maybe worth a crack at the 2014 factory site.

Sceanrio 3: Does spectacularly average, off to WSBK for 2014 when possibly other factory equipment is available.

LOL - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:42 PM

Ha ha ha... Very interesting comment by "seeyadad" ... Very interesting name of "Pigati" too... Oh boy, can't help but immediately burst into literal LOL... :o))

shamarone

September 12, 2012 6:45 PM

re: "Suzuki wanted to sign Ben in 2009."

and then somebody objective from on high (*cough* kenny roberts *cough*) put a bug in his ear waking him up to the fact that american suzuki in brea...? and suzuki japan...? actually read from COMPLETELY different play books. at that point, the light bulb went on.

pcxmac - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:50 PM

The Yamaha is actually the slowest 'prototype' on the grid. You wouldnt know it though :) Considering Bridgestone seem to suite that bike going back to 2008. Anyways Ben on a Pramac sounds like a bad mix, but I cant see it any worse than this year, and he might actually get some credibility out of the deal, especially if Ducati keep working on their bike to get the most out of the crap tires that are offered to them.

Personally, I think Yamaha need bikes in WSBK, and Ben would be better off kicking butt in WSBK, MotoGP is dying, turning in to a Spanish National championship, but if he gets a good pay check, hopefully he doesnt spend that money frivolously.

MoToGp - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 6:53 PM

@ Seriously, what is going on inside Yamaha? If your star players cant wait to get out the door and ride a lame duck of a bike instead, then the bigwigs back in Japan better take a long hard look at their race team management and do a little pruning.

Posted by toxic yamaha - Unregistered (1 hour 56 minutes ago)

What is going on At TOXIC honda? if your STAR player can't wait to get OUT of the door and not switching factory but realy LEAVE!!!
Even HAYDEN run away from Honda, ROSSI ran away from Honda And now STONER runs away from Honda!!!!!
Honda so TOXID they wanted JORGE over PEDROSA!!!
SO that makes 4 rider honda dumped in a short time.!!

HONDA = TOXIC see toxic its honda not Yamaha as Yamaha is known as a family, honda life is just bussiness!

TheBoogieMan

September 12, 2012 6:54 PM

I can't understand why people are still posting that they don't know why Ben would leave Yamaha for Ducati? Spies didn't have a choice once Rossi contacted Yamaha about Returning of course they offered him a Factory bike in return for the Sponsers he will bring,its a no Brainer.Ben caught wind of it and announced he was leaving just like anyone of us would do if we heard we were being replaced.

Nimrod - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 7:02 PM

What in the world is BS thinking ???
He's nuts for not going for the Gresini Honda slot.
Anybody who thinks he has a chance on this pile is Im sorry to say delusional.

separated

September 12, 2012 7:07 PM

If Suzuki wanted Ben Spies they would've got him to ride for them in 2009, fact is that they didn't. There are plenty more riders more competitive than Ben, they'll be looking out for them.

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