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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markg - Unregistered

October 26, 2012 1:17 AM

Bummer... Sounds like the surgery was not exactly trivial in nature, hope he heals up well.

Was looking forward to see how he may start out on the Ducati at Valencia. Have to wait... Seems next year just about has to be better then this though hard to see how that would happen going from the Yamaha the Ducati.

And Ben give that team of yours a big old wake up call in the form of some people.

shaken - Unregistered

October 26, 2012 3:02 AM

Bad as it seems, I reckon its a blessing in disguise. He needs shot of Yamaha. Big question now is how he fares at Ducati, whether they need him for the US market I dont know but I thought they had Nikki Hayden for that.........


October 26, 2012 8:09 AM

Guys please consider the fact that if Yamaha were to hand the factory bike to Tech3 it wouldn't be for Dovi. Why reward a rider who's signed a contract for somebody else next year?

And secondly Yamaha would still have to replace Spies for Valencia (it's the rules) which would mean putting somebody on a Tech3 bike with factory team plastics.

What exactly would be the point of that sort of complication for one race?


October 26, 2012 8:31 AM

@The Bad Guy can we stop this "The Ducati" nonsense please. The bike that Rossi is riding has nothing significant in common with the bike that Stoner rode in 2007. And don't forget of course that when Stoner won his title on the Ducati he had two significant advantages. The Ducati had a huge power advantage and he had Bridgestone tyres. Not only did the opposition close the power gap, but the tyre gap closed too. What made Ducati the best package no longer exists.

Add to the above the fact that Honda and Yamaha have made significant advances in the last few years while Ducati have almost stood still and I think you'll find that there is no chance that Stoner could win on the Ducati.

durt mah'gurt - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 5:48 AM

If anyone can do it, Ben Spies can. That Parmac Ducati has been on the podium before. I hope Ben put's it in Yamaha's face. Did'nt he win a championship for Yamaha? Where's the love Yamaha? and the equipment that holds up and finishes races?

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