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Ducati helps destroy another career

Ben Spies Retires.......gonna miss watching him race.

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Me too. Guy was fun to watch. He was another one of those guys I followed in AMA all the way up.
It's really unfortunate.

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He made an excellent announcer earlier this year when he sat in with Gavin and the other guy. Nick? Anyway, he knows the riders and the tracks and the new machinery in a way that the announcers don't. He brings a whole new insight to the play-by-play action.

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I don't think its Ducati's fault. He had a terrible time on the factory Yamaha as well. One of the only times i've seen a full factory ride back with the CRT's.

His first year in motogp looked promising but he just lost it after that. I hate to say it, but his heart was never in Motogp after the first year. He pretty much gave up. The biggest clue was last year. Usually when riders low side they run over to the bike and try to keep going and get back in the race....not Spies. Everytime he came off that bike he would just get up and walk off the track. Would never even glance at the bike. It was obvious he didn't want to be there.

It's too bad such talent is gone already but honestly after he got hurt he didn't make much of an attempt to come back. I'm sure he will be successful in whatever he does and hopefully a lot happier, because he sure wasn't happy in motogp.

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I don't think its Ducati's fault.

Title got your attention, didn't it.

Perception...Ride a Ducati, you're not gonna win. Therefore, Rossi being the exception because he sells t shirts, the riders just decline or get hurt too bad and don't run the bike to the edge in fear they will get hurt.



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hahahaha yeah it did. I agree the Ducati right now is a TERRIBLE bike on a dry track.

As far as Spies is concerned though. He hurt that shoulder last year on the Yamaha. His career was over at the end of last season when he crashed out of half the races, and while on a factory Yamaha was getting beat by the Ducati's and CRT bikes.

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Title got your attention, didn't it.

Perception...Ride a Ducati, you're not gonna win. Therefore, Rossi being the exception because he sells t shirts, the riders just decline or get hurt too bad and don't run the bike to the edge in fear they will get hurt.
^ Word

That sums it up for me.
Seeing Hayden get flung over the fence last year, and his forced exit from the track with a smoking engine just recently, kind of gave me a bit of doubt about Ducati.

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He can be a color commentator and then work at Colin's boot camp just to get by.



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He would be amazing at both. Toseland was another rider who made a great commentator.

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I'd like to think he's going to take a year off to rehab the shoulders right, without the pressure of having to return and fulfill a contract. I think a team in WSBK would take a chance on him after a year off to get well.

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