MotoGP » Ben Spies forced to delay Ducati debut

'Spies will make a full recovery although he will need to remain in a sling for up to 10-12 weeks'

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Tcrook21 - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 6:26 AM

Ben, I told you after Japan NOT to return to Yamaha, and skip Sepang. The season is lost, get focused for your Ducati and 2013. Why didn't you listen. Nothing wrong with quitting sometimes and preserving your future. The military calls it a tactical retreat. This is on you Ben, listen to your fan base.

Loz - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 8:20 AM

ok so its a shame Spies will be out but the question is.......Who gets his seat for the last 2 rounds?

my head says it will be that test rider chap who plods around at the back, my heart would like to see Yamaha give one of the following a shot:

Nitro Nori Haga - because hes a legend!

Tommy Hill - because hes the only other yamaha rider I can think of...hahaha

Guinters - because he's been in moto gp before

or promote Cal

pete - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 8:28 AM

Such a shame he won't be able to finish the season out. I don't think I've ever seen a rider suffer such an odd one either, such terrible luck. His career is starting to resemble John Hopkins a bit, unfortunately. Hopefully he turns it around on the Ducati, but personally, I hope he turns his back on MotoGP and heads to WSBK. There's nothing for him in MotoGP that I can see, no reason to stay at all.


October 25, 2012 9:18 AM

@Tcrook21 talk sense. You don't even know the rules do you? If Spies had decided simply not to ride for the last three rounds without his being signed off as unfit to race he could have been penalized. That could have included a fine or even a ban for several races. Not only that but as several people have pointed out with regards to Vinales walking out on a contract really lowers your stock. Who's going to want to sign a contract with a rider who walks out on a contract?

No matter what people think of Ben he is a professional. He wouldn't walk out on a contract because he's aware of the potential consequences.

ron - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 9:21 AM

I bet the rossi fans are in a panic because their wonder boy is going to have to ride this bike and it don't look the greatest at the moment. Lets face it we all know the wonder boy can only ride a bike that's perfect.


October 25, 2012 9:34 AM
Last Edited 240 days ago

@Loz this is the usual crap we hear whenever there's a spare seat going. For a start Yamaha will only replace Spies for one race.

They can't give the ride to somebody who's under contract with somebody else, at least without the say so of their contracted employer. What's in it for those employers to let their rider risk injury? Or in this day and age why would those employers let their rider advertise other people's products?

And as for "that test rider chap who plods around at the back" do you mean Katsuyuki Nakasuga who rode one race on the M1 last year and put it sixth? Bit better than, for example Rea did in two races on a factory RCV this year. Or to look at it another way in only two starts he's equalled Guintoli's best result in 38 starts. Hardly suggests to me that Guinters is a better bet.

Nakasuga is a decent rider, there aren't too many who could finish sixth in their first MotoGP race.

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