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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October 25, 2012 1:36 PM

If Ben thought he had bad luck before, he really took a major hit last week end The ligament hold the shoulder up and engineering a substitute sling is tricky surgery. Don't know how strong the repair would be. I wouldn't be surprised if he decided, like Casey, to retire. I had the same injury but didn't go for the surgery and it looks like hell with one shoulder hanging down but I am too far down life''s rocky road to worry about it. It did hurt for almost a year after.


October 25, 2012 3:02 PM

More suggestions in favour of Dovi? Please people think before you post.

1. Dovi is contracted to Tech3 so he has to ride for Tech3, not the factory Yamaha team.

2. He's contracted for Ducati next year so Yamaha are certainly not going to reward him with a factory ride.


October 25, 2012 3:18 PM

re: "The procedure consisted of the reconstruction of the Coracoclavicular Ligaments torn in the crash and a reduction of a separated Acrimioclavicular joint, aided by a Twin Tightrope device, which is a suture based system. Cadavar tissue was placed to replace and reinforce the Coracoclavicular Ligaments that were torn."

yeah, what he said.


October 25, 2012 4:05 PM

@Petrolbounce, Very good points. I am a Spies fan, but dude his season has been so miserable, I've been fearing for his physical well being for a long time. You can professionally end a contract early. I have no doubt Yamaha would have released him early. Think of the money savings just on crashed bikes alone. Agreed, don't go out like Maverik, that was immature. Also lets try to forgive Maverik, we all make judgement errors at 17. Quitters never win, but he wasn't winning anyways. Ben's season was over the first lap in Qatar. Ben can do nothing right this year, and no it was not all his fault. Something was sinister at Yamaha. This all has just been awful.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 4:45 PM

Are you so Naive to think that Yamaha wouldnt give a full factory spec bike to a Tech 3 rider and let Herve run his plastics on the Bike?
And as for Dovi's Contract with Ducati ,Yamaha didnt have anything for him other then Cal's Ride at Tech 3 so im sure they understand him jumping on a Factory offer.There is so little difference between the Customer and Factory M1(Except for Jorges bikes) that im sure Dovi knows enough info now and what works on a Yamaha isn't going to work on a Ducati as Rossi has already shown us.
If Yamaha want to get a rider in front of Dani they need to give Dovi a bike capable of doing it..unless of course Stoner does it for them lol.


October 25, 2012 4:55 PM

@ petrolbonce

"Dovi is contracted to Tech3 so he has to ride for Tech3, not the factory Yamaha team."

Not necessarily. Back in 2010 when Rossi was injured, Yamaha approached Tech 3 with a view to running Edwards as Rossi's replacement until he was recovered. In the event Edwards declined the offer, saying he didn't want the pressure, but temporarily running a Tech 3 rider in the Factory squad IS certainly possible by mutual agreement. Tech 3 would then theoretically field a replacement rider like Hayes to fulfil their obligation to sponsors.

Not saying it will happen - it's very unlikely - but it's certainly possible within the framework of the rules.


October 25, 2012 5:06 PM

Im a fan of Spies but I dont agree that anything sinister was going on at Yamaha ,Lack of Engineering support,No offseason Motivation from Ben himself,His pitcrew shouldnt be wrenching a MotoGP bike,Spies never gelled with the new tires and crashed way too much. I also think Yamaha envisioned Rossi returning for next season before this season even started.
Theres no doubt Jorge is there number one rider they said as much before the first race in Qatar so the bike is designed to suit his style ,cant blame them he has shown to be there title hope.
My advice to Ben would be if you are not happy racing in MotoGP then you shouldn't be racing in MotoGP(Like Stoner)..and all year I had the feeling his heart isnt in it anymore.

bliz - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 5:22 PM

It would be nice to see Crutchlow as the replacement rider for Ben at Valencia, but that's very unlikely. Contracts exist for a reason and it's complicated to move people around like that. It's the end of the season and it's one race. The easiest thing to do is simply give the ride to someone you already employ...Nagasuki. I also doubt Rossi would want Cal on the bike any way. It's no gaurantee Cal would do something special on that bike, but Val is smart enough to that know that it could generate a little off season controversy if he did.

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