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Spies: Fingers crossed for Misano

“It's been an unbelievable year but we'll give it 100% as always this weekend and fingers crossed it'll be trouble free” – Ben Spies
After a catalogue of race day problems, Ben Spies will be hoping that this weekend's round 13 proves to be a lucky number.

The outgoing Factory Yamaha rider, who looks set to ride a satellite Ducati next season, has failed to even finish the last three events and is languishing tenth in the championship standings.

Few would have believed that Spies would be without a podium after twelve rounds and the Texan has his fingers crossed for a trouble free weekend as he seeks to beat a season-best fourth place.

Spies has finished sixth on his two previous Misano MotoGP appearances, venue for this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix, but was a winner at the track in World Superbike.

“Misano is a track I really enjoy riding, I've had some great races here. I think if we'd had a couple more laps last year then I could have maybe been past Andrea [Dovizioso] and Marco [Simoncelli],” said Spies.

“It's been an unbelievable year but we'll give it 100% as always this weekend and fingers crossed it'll be trouble free and we can show our true potential.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Misano , Ducati , Ben Spies

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papi - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 3:36 PM

Jeez, Ben is now relying on the "lucky" 13th race. Scraping the barrel a bit. I think Spies shot himself in the foot by leaving Yamaha so suddenly. Speculation said he had offers here, there and everywhere. Now it seems like he is going to jump on the Duke. Not even the factory Duke but the second string Duke. Scraping the barrel again. I like Spies but I don't think he will be in this sport or many more seasons.

spur - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 8:10 PM

I'm glad to see Ben staying in MotoGP. If the Duc deal is for real. (yeah I meant to do that..:). But I have my doubts about the Duc. Having said that I, like most Spies fans, had the utmost confidence in the Yamaha with Spies aboard, and we've seen how thats turned out. Spies has made some of his own problems like any other rider. But the problems he's had to deal with, that were not his doing, are more than any racer should be expected to overcome. I wish him luck the rest of the year and in the future.

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