MotoGP » de Angelis to replace Ben Spies at US MotoGP

Alex de Angelis to take over the Pramac Ducati of Ben Spies for Laguna Seca MotoGP round - Spies not expected back until Indianapolis.

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July 01, 2013 12:58 PM


Slow down there!!! Does no-one remember Rossi's almost year long complaints of shoulder woe? As MANY riders have said before, the shoulder is one area you can't simply ride around (collarbone is different...).

Give the guy a chance. Maybe he is just being smart / maybe he is chickening out? Who knows, but don't condemn him before we know.


July 01, 2013 1:14 PM

Looks like spies time in this paddock is slipping away . Will be interesting to see how de angelis goes . I would have thought it would have been interesting to give scott reding a ride (although he may have already said no with his position in moto2) or put Troy Bayliss on it.his feedback could help ducati move forward. Hopkins would be a good shout if now fit enough .


July 01, 2013 2:35 PM
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Spies' recovery is taking a very long time, an indication of the seriousness of the injury. The shoulder is the most complicated joint in the body, and Spies suffered serious soft tissue damage. Such injuries are slow to heal - Valentino Rossi estimated that he wasn't really at 100% for 6 or 7 months after his shoulder surgery in November 2010 - and can be delayed if not handled properly. Spies' decision to go testing in Malaysia, three months after his surgery, proved to be the wrong one. When he then tried to make a second return at Mugello, he quickly realized his shoulder was still not strong enough, and it needed more time to recover fully. Riding with his shoulder still weak would have been dangerous, not just for him but for other riders. He had decided to return only once he was 100% fit and ready and able to ride a racing motorcycle. Before making a final decision to race, Spies would test himself on a race bike, preferably his MotoGP bike.


July 01, 2013 2:39 PM

You don't know how bad his injury is, I've got a broken collar bone and after 2 days I took it out of the collar and bone and was able to use it fine and ride my bike, it's not a serious injury.


July 01, 2013 5:19 PM

Being that MotoGP is ultimately a business, Ben Spies is done in MotoGP. Sure he might come back in some form later this year but he won't be in MotoGP next year or ever again. Here are some reasons.

1) There's too many talented riders in CRT and Moto2 to choose from for next year and the future.

2) Even being different injuries, Lorenzo this past weekend showed every team what they need to look for in a rider to even consider competing for the championship.

3) I'm sure Ducati isn't happy that he participated in a cycling race in Dallas the week before Mugello and then withdrawing. Also considering it's Ducati's home race.

And before I get flamed, this is coming from someone who has been a fan of his since he was club racing in the CMRA before anyone outside of Texas knew of him.


July 01, 2013 5:34 PM

all true BroncoBilly but he is American rider and dorna is desperate to open up the market there.hewill be here next year IF he wants. it seems like Americans would take to gp racing easily but for some reason it is almost completely ignored

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