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Ben Spies to skip Spanish MotoGP after latest physical setback

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April 24, 2013 5:23 PM

This is starting to look like John Hopkins all over again, unfortunately. Or even Toseland, who was never to recover fully from a hand injury. Ben just seems a shadow of his former self.

It's never pleasant seeing this happen to any rider, so I hope he turns it around again. It'll be a sad end to a sparkling career otherwise.


April 24, 2013 5:38 PM


Overrated? Really?
1. He has won a Moto GP race in the era of Rossi, Stoner, Jorge, and Dani in their prime.
2. 4 Moto GP podiums.
3. He owned WSBK his only year there on tracks he did not even know.

He may have fallen off a cliff lately, and no he's not what he used to be, and may never recover, but he absolutely deserves every ride he has ever obtained.

The truth is Thretruth your a poor judge of talent, and an overrated blogger.

Sweeble - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 5:42 PM

@TheTruth If you look at what Ben did in WSBK and his first 2 years in MotoGP, it's clear that Ben is a truly exceptional rider. The only question was whether he could become one of the aliens. He needs to go back to WSBK to have a little fun for a change.


April 24, 2013 5:58 PM

i refer to my last post about ben.

no denying he is an excellent rider, but sbk or even ama id his level now, not gp.

too many excuses. surprise surprise after another rubbish weekend the chest pain/diarrhoea/illness/food poisoning/whatever is back.

bite the bullet and leave. daft move going to a satellite duke anyway. as if thats gonna be an improvement on last years fiasco


April 24, 2013 6:10 PM

Regardless of how you rate him, Ben is now at a critical time in his MotoGP career. He must prove to be the top Ducati rider or a future factory ride with any manufacturer is doubtful. Toseland and Hopkins should both serve as examples about what not to do when you are struggling with injuries. The only way to beat Dovi, Hayden, ect. is to be TOTALLY fit and totally committed, take the time to get fit Ben, then race your heart out.


April 24, 2013 6:10 PM


'you are idiot'

thanks for that. opinions are like ar$eholes, everyone has one. feel free to post your opinion on the subject, or if you fancy just post 'you are idiot'

either way, have a lovely evening you master debater.


April 24, 2013 6:15 PM

Outside of his rookie season in 2010, Spies has not impressed anyone. At the end of 2011 Lin Jarvis himself said that Ben was not good enough, and 2012 was appalling when you look past the bad luck he had...

He's a great superbike rider, but at best an average GP rider.

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