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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Marc - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 4:50 PM

I'm no Spies fan but if you look at his races last year I have to admit I haven't seen a rider with worse bad luck other than those who've had a serious injury. How many technical problems can you experience until you start thinking the team is conspiring against you, not saying the did but I'm sure he's happy to be out of there. But that said, Ducati isn't a very patient team either. If he does as good or better than Hayden he'll be fine.

westerner - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 4:54 PM

Here in the states Ducati is the ultimate street bike to ride.

If you're a motorcycle enthusiast you've dreamed of riding and owning a Ducati.

The only people that downtalk Ducati on the street are the ones that can't afford to own one.

It's no secret Ducati need serious evolution of their GP bike to make it competitive.

I hope Ben and his fellow Ducati riders make the GP bike as good as it can be.

Let's see what these amazing riders with Audi's backing can develop!

Marc - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 4:55 PM

Why do Stoner lovers insist on bringing the guy up on a non-related story. The heading is about Spies being excited to be on Ducati. NO WHERE DOES IT MENTION YOUR LOVE INTEREST!!!! Get over it, he's done, gone, HE'S HISTORY whether you like it or not. Go find a Stoner love forum and stay there. GEEEZ!

Marc - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 5:04 PM

It's interesting a poster noted that all the riders they selected for this year are basically different. My guess is they will take the chassis changes developed under Rossi and go from there it's ashame that they haven't redesigned the engine to work better with the frame. It doesn't take an engineer to know or see that the bike doesn't work right and it's probably a combination of engine, frame and suspension. With a year's experience with the new frame they should improve this year but the question is will it be enough to compete.

Intheknow - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 5:27 PM

It's true Ben had a horrible season he will be the first to raise his hand and admit the mistakes made but looking at it from a diff side, his bike last year consisted of a broken subframe, a chunked tire that was minutes from coming apart, a shock linkage snapping him on his head, a engine blowing up and a clutch fried at Brno! All these Yamaha admitted they were technical problems how does on build confidence on a death trap? He's not a title winner but just look at his history it's hard to say he's not a great rider.

rusjel - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 9:53 PM

Very good rider who has had his first bad year after:

Winning SBK in his rookie year 2009.
Rookie of the year and two podiums in MotoGp 2010
His first MotoGP win in 2011.

Can the haters tell us how these achievements justify their criticism?

If has can be competitive with Dovi and Hayden this year he's done very well. Who knows after that?


January 16, 2013 9:57 PM

Its a bit upsetting to see Spies no longer on a yamaha bike, but overall I hope things work out for him on a ducati bike(the same goes hayden) when you consider the fact that he see like such a great guy.

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