MotoGP » Ben Spies 'excited' to join Ducati family

“I am excited to be a part of the Ducati family. This is something I've wanted from the beginning of my racing career” – Ben Spies.

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January 16, 2013 1:32 PM

Ducati thread but a little off topic.
Two page spread in todays MCN where a certain retired rider does a hatchet job on Rossi and JB in their performance on the Ducati. And to a lesser extent he has a pop at Jorge too. Goes on to say that if he hadn't carried injuries then he, himself, would have achieved a lot more in his GP years.

Stand by for 6000 posts when Crash picks up on this.


January 16, 2013 2:07 PM

Spies may not have as many reliability problems this year as last year, but you can bet he'll be a lot slower than he was last year. If he struggled on the best bike, what will he do on the worst bike? Dark days ahead for Ben.

ellis - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 2:52 PM

Ducati have said they will not change engine angle, Burgess has very publicly said they need to build a chassis and then an engine to fit in it. Carnt help but think that been stubern is not going to help them. They have picked 4 riders with differant styles, carnt help but think they are still just trying to find a rider to fit the bike, rather than fix it. Hope I am wrong.

Damien IE - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 3:12 PM

Can't be any under pressure to perform on the Ducati when the world and its mother can't, bar Casey Stoner. As the satellite sibling the pressure will be on Hayden & Dovi and pramac doing a supporting role so if he does well great but he's under no pressure to outperform so compared to last year on the Yam.
Melandri, he did zero on it and thought about retiring as he had lost the plot but did better on the Kwak / Hayate and look how well he's done (although a bit dirty with the riding antics and moves) in WSB, he can certainly ride.
Hayden lets not forget used to have the RCV211 990 sideways pretty much everywhere and was always up front and won a World Championship so knows how to ride.
Ducati need to fix the bike so anyone can work with it as the guys that have failed are proven winners and going by the numbers they can't all be wrong as i think Stoner is quite unique in his ability. 1st year on Honda developed around Dani for years and he wins Championship and Dani is trying how lon

RG500 - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 3:13 PM

Wouldn't it be a shocker if he rides it like Stoner and wins! Personally I think the Duc will suit Ben's riding style a lot better than the Yam, so he could be a bit of a dark horse next season.

Md Zane - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 3:16 PM

Takes more than 80 seconds to guild a new chassis and engine so any statement that comes out of Burgess has to be treat with a pinch of salt,got to think the guy was lucky having Mick under his wing and then picking up Vali after that.
Mick woulda creamed Rossi head to head.

Juice - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 3:20 PM

There's a lot of hate. Why? The guy has talent, and he's being optimistic. He didn't just quit MotoGP and go back to Superbike like Melandri or Max did. He stayed to prove the doubters he still has it. As long as he is consistent with good positions that's what matters.


January 16, 2013 3:21 PM

I assume Ignite Asset Management joined the Parmac team because of Ben which is good as if a rider brings sponsorship money he is in a better position vis-a-vis the team ownership. Perhaps this was part of the problem at Yam as Rossi's departure meant no Fiat money and Yam never has replaced them tho' Monster is listed as a sponser can't see them giving as much money as Fiat did.

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