MotoGP » Ben Spies accident caused by 'broken swingarm'


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Pedro was not moving at speed when his throttle stuck and it is rare indeed for a top line manufacturer to have mechanical issues these days. Yes an engine will occasional let go but not that often especially now with the limits in place. On the other hand, Ben's swing arm failure recalled to mind Colin Chapman and his Lotus GP racers (the f-1 of the day) that killed several drivers (Jim Clark the most noteworthy but also Jochen Rindt) with suspension failures. The Williams team spent years in court battling the Italian justice system because of a equipment failure that killed Ayrton Senna.Had Ben's swing arm failed at Mugello at 214 mph and killed him you can know that Yamaha would be in court fighting criminal charges.



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