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Old 10-26-2013, 08:41 AM   #1
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BOMBSHELL (Not so much): Ben Spies Retiring from Racing!!!

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American Ben Spies Retires From Racing
Saturday, October 26, 2013
This just in from Ducati:


Ducati and Ben Spies announce the American's retirement from racing competition

Spies announces retirement after a successful career in Superbike and MotoGP
Decision taken jointly by Ducati and the Texan rider
Retirement prompted by doubts about physical ability to race next year

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), October 26, 2013 - Ducati Motor Holding and Ben Spies announced today that the American will not be racing in 2014 after the parties reached agreement to resolve Ben's current contract with the Italian racing manufacturer. The 29-year-old Texan had signed a two-year agreement with Ducati at the end of last season to race in MotoGP in 2013 and 2014 as part of the factory-supported Ignite Pramac Racing Team.

Ben has been sidelined for most of this season due to an injury to his right shoulder sustained in October 2012 while riding for another manufacturer team. While he began 2013 racing with Pramac, it quickly became clear that he was not fully healed from his injury and needed to undergo further rehabilitation on his shoulder. Unfortunately, on his return to racing at Indianapolis in August, Ben had another setback when he suffered a season-ending crash during practice.

The resulting operations on both shoulders have left Spies feeling that his physical ability to ride next year remains in question and a decision was jointly made by Ducati and Ben to release Ben from any requirement to race in 2014.

The 2009 World Superbike Champion, three-time AMA Superbike Champion and MotoGP race winner announced his retirement from the sport in the following way: "I had such high hopes for racing for Ducati, and Ducati has been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging year, so I am tremendously disappointed that I have not been able to fulfill my personal goals and team goals with Ducati. I want to thank everyone from racing organizations, factories, teams and all my fans for helping me and supporting me throughout my career. I never dreamed that I would reach the level of success that I have over the past 20 years of racing, but the time has come to stop and I do so with great sadness."

Spies' manager/mother Mary Spies added: "Wherever Ben has raced over the years?from AMA Superbike to World Superbike to MotoGP?he has always felt the warmth and appreciation of the organizers, circuits, teams and fans. We are so grateful to them for their support."

Ducati MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti declared: "We had high expectations when Ben joined Ducati in MotoGP this year, and we really hoped that he would fully recover from his Indianapolis crash injuries and continue to race for us in the future. However we understand the reasons for his decision and respect them. It is really a shame for our sport that Ben will not be racing anymore, because in our opinion he is one of the most talented riders in the world. We will miss him and wish him all the best for his future life."


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Old 10-26-2013, 08:44 AM   #2
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He will probably be back in 2015 unless he starts racing bicycles.
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He already had plans to retire after next year. He's been buying houses around white rock lake here in Dallas as investment. Other than his personal house on the lake. He has a partner in a burger joint here called stack house. He's got it alright for sure
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I posted it in motorcycle news and media early this am
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He already had plans to retire after next year. He's been buying houses around white rock lake here in Dallas as investment. Other than his personal house on the lake. He has a partner in a burger joint here called stack house. He's got it alright for sure
and a Sushi place if I recall correctly....
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I was just laughing when I went into that section and saw 3 threads.....
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One of my oldest friends is his personal assistant. We're all from Dallas. When Ben was just a boy his mom would drop him off at moto liberty where my friends worked. He woul just kick it at the store. So all these years later their still close. Ehrin lives in New Zealand now but Ben pays for all travel and food and pays ehrin to be with him at all times during race season. Wonder if Ben will keep his place in Italy? Lol
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Any plans to race bicycles? Does he still have the team?
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He rides. A very expensive bicycle lol. He doesn't even have an m endorsement lol.
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His partner at the stack house I believe races bicycles but not sure what Ben will do. He's a real humble dude tho. Nice guy
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I saw this tread in News and media, is he retiring from racing or just getting out of his Pramac contract? It could be read as rather open ended.
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He's retiring from racing period
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Having 2 busted shoulders doesn't help.
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Just been brutal for Ben. I feel for him. Hopefully he'll come back to TX, hook up with Colin and hang out with us at the track. Hard to believe the run ended so quickly.

At least he will eventually be in good health. That's a great ending for any long time racer.
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