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Ben Spies to skip Spanish MotoGP after latest physical setback

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herewego - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 8:08 AM

Obviously, to become a MotoGP rider means you have to turn into a complete robot!! You must never suffer an injury, or if you do, you must under no circumstances mention or worse still, complain about it! If an injury does happen, then you have got to recover before the next race. Above all, you must learn how to race a bike and suffer in silence no matter what has happened, be it broken bones, ligaments or anything at all!! Also, if you have had the misfortune to be seated on a bike that through no fault of your own doesn't work, packs in, breaks down or even falls to bits, you must carry on regardless and attempt a win! These are the rules and if you don't stick to them then you a complete failure !!!!

tomcol - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 9:06 AM

I think Spies has exactly the same problem as Toseland - disregarding injuries, he has lost his confidence as did JT which makes riding a bike on the absolute limit impossible. I also think that going to WSBK would make little difference, as it did with Toseland. If the confidence isnt there to ride the bike freely, its just not going to happen unfortunately. Very sad conclusion.


April 25, 2013 10:30 AM

I believe something went wrong in his personal life during the off-season last year. Since, I've never seen someone looking so mentally fragile and so much disinterested to ride a motogp bike.

I'm nowhere near a Spies fanboy apologist, very far from that, but his current results in no way represent his true talent. Don't give up man.

Good luck ben - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 12:12 PM

There is nothing worse for any sports person than getting one of those injuries that seem to never go away and then end up causing other problems. It can be very debilitating both physically and mentally for anyone. I think he should take it easy this year and hopefully start next season fully recovered. It was a serious operation he had and it seems shoulder injuries are one of the hardest for riders to get over.

rabcati - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 3:48 PM

Im sorry but 4 Motogp podiums riding a factory Yam for 2 years is absolutely pathetic. How anybody can use that stat in his defence is hilarious. Just needs to finish as the worst Ducati rider this season to seal his fate.

Jerginz - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 4:03 PM

@ rabcati don't forget about his rookie year where he had 2 podiums and a pole which is more than crutch has achieved in TWO years in gp. And at least one of those 4 podiums was a win which puts him in company with only 6 other current riders. 2 of which are fellow 1 time race winners. (Surely Marquez will have more though). The potential is there it's just a matter of getting back to 100% health. As we've seen, riding with even 80% will not be near enough at this level.


April 25, 2013 4:30 PM


doesnt matter that he had a podium here, a win there, gp is the premier class and if you are not performing NOW, which he hasnt been for a whike then you are done.

you are only as good as your last race

Jerginz - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 4:53 PM

Biscuit I see where you're coming from and he went from a title contender to not even getting a podium in 2012. Unacceptable. Have you ever seen a rider with luck like his though? On pace for a podium at Indy til his engine blew up on him, a leaky visor, his frame cracked in Laguna, chunk missing from his tire, brakes overheating in brno puking in his helmet in mugello etc... All out of his control. His crash at sepang was the cherry ontop of the 2012 pie. he is still injured from that and we haven't even seen what he is fully capable of on a Ducati. Don't you think it might be a little soon to completely write him off? I say wait until he's fully fit and if he isn't at least challenging for top Ducati in races then throw in the towel.

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