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Misfortune strikes again for luckless Spies

Ben Spies's awful run of luck continues at Indianapolis as an engine blow scuppers a probable first podium of the season.
Ben Spies feels he missed out on the chance of victory in front of his home fans at Indianapolis after an engine blow became the latest set-back in what is proving to be an increasingly desperate season for the American.

Coming into the weekend languishing tenth in the overall standings having failed to make it onto the podium all season, Spies was nonetheless looking good to crack the top three at Indianapolis for the third year in a row after a strong showing in morning warm-up.

His bid was strengthened further when a good start had him into the lead through the opening bends and even when Dani Pedrosa powered through on lap four, Spies was able to maintain close contact with the Repsol Honda rider.

However, in a year that has already seen Spies struggle with tyre problems, illness and technical woes on race day, a spectacular engine blow would be added to his growing list of dismal luck.

Almost certainly preventing him from making it onto the podium, Spies even goes as far to say it could have stopped him from scoring a much-desired win.

“We are unfortunate again,” he said. “We had a big crash yesterday and I honestly didn't know if I could ride at 100% today. I got a lot of sleep and great physio from the clinic guys who did an amazing job.

“We got off to a good start and felt great and when Dani passed me I could see he was using the rear tyre more than I was so the plan was to let him get a maximum three seconds ahead and start reeling him back in at the end.

“As soon as he passed me the bike started to slow down, I wasn't sure what was happening then all of a sudden it blew up so I tried to get off the line as quickly as possible. I'm disappointed not just for me but for the team, I think we definitely had second place and possibly the win.”

Spies is currently seeing out his Yamaha contract having already confirmed he won't be riding for the manufacturer in 2013. Rumours suggest he will either return to the World Superbike Championship with BMW or head up development of Suzuki's mooted return to MotoGP in 2014.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Indianapolis , Ben Spies

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motomark - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 12:22 AM

Luck has nothing to do with it. Nobody has back luck like that, when his teamate's bike runs perfect. Yamaha or someone at Yamaha is behind this. Ben should get up and leave now before something really bad happens. Someone needs to find out who is behind this.

westerner - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 12:34 AM

Don't worry Ben, we know it's not you. We know Lin Jarvis is behind your 'bad luck'. True race fans and riders can see all the problems your bike is having, almost every round. We understand the incredible risk you're taking when you try to push a bike that isn't setup correctly. We know what it's like to lack confidence in your bike when too many things go wrong that are beyond your control. Parts breaking, engines blowing, tires chunking, total BS. Not worth dying for. Ben don't get hurt because the bike is crap. WE ALL SEE HOW YAMAHA ISN'T BACKING YOU 100% LIKE THEY ARE BACKING LORENZO AND WE THE USA ARE DISGUSTED. YAMAHA LIN JARVIS IS DESTROYING YOUR HONOR AND REPUTATION. YAMAHA IF YOU WANT TO KEEP SELLING MOTORCYCLES IN THE USA, FIRE LIN JARVIS IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU DO NOT FIRE LIN JARVIS THEN WE THE USA KNOW YAMAHA ARE BEYOND THIS DISHONESTY. YAMAHA YOU DISHONOR THE USA. WE BOYCOTT YOU YAMAHA UNTIL YOU FIRE LIN JARVIS AND RESTORE HONOR TO YOUR NAME. SUPPORT SPIES WITH

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