Spies sticking with MotoGP, Davies to BMW

Last minute decision sees WSS champ partner Melandri

Posted: 8 September 2012
by Visordown News

Spies not turning his back on MotoGP, may head to Ducati

BEN Spies will not be moving to BMW in World Superbikes but BMW didn't hang around, signing 25-year old current World Supersports champion Chaz Davies.

When Spies handed in his notice at Yamaha, we heard stories from different sources that he was heading to BMW World Superbike to race an S1000RR. Spies signed a letter of intent with the German manufacturer, but has decided to stay in MotoGP.

Last month we heard that BMW were talking to five riders: Melandri, Haslam, Spies, Davies and Guintoli.

Spies looks set to sign with a satellite Ducati team in MotoGP.

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Good. i think spies should be in GP, he's good enough for sure. he wont do any good next year but. Looks like that Czech guy is leaving Ducati and going for an ART CRT - good move, but it states just how bad the Duc is.

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 06:50

Interesting move! Heard on the grapevine that BMW made Haslam an offer too, but that he declined as he didn't want to be in the same team as Melandri... Whether that offer was made before or after they got in touch with Davies is another question!


Haslam to Ten Kate, or will he be going somewhere else?

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 09:24

Looks like Haslam is going to Ten Kate. From everything I heard yesterday. I used to like Marco, but these days, I'm going more and more off him, and I can't put my finger on it, I'm just going off him. Spies on a satellite Ducati. Goodness me!!!

Can't for the life of me understand why anyone would actually do that. But still, if it's the Ducati Junior team that's being talked about it could go somewhere.

I'm sure BS has his reasons.

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 09:35

Really glad he's staying in MotoGP. Don't know what's worse though:

Being on a bike that's not done so well and he'll struggle on


Being on a 'great' bike that breaks down at some point during every race?

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 09:43

If this "Ducati Junior" thing actually comes off, then it could be a good move for Ben. No-one's doubting that he's got the talent. But if he ends up on a customer Ducati, then I hope he's prepared for a loooooooooong season next year.

I have to say, I'm perplexed as to why Jorge's bike runs like clock work and nearly every round something happens to Bens....

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 11:13

Pagik, you are wrong, Spies bike only seems to suffer mechanical issues when he is ahead of Lorenzo or making grounds to catch him. lol

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 12:52

Great move (IF Ben gets the same spec as the factory bikes)...

All Ben has to do is hang out on the Ducati for a year and just be better than all (or most) of the other Ducati riders. Do that and it will be a successful season which gets him to 2014 where he'll be at the top of the list for BMW, Suzuki and Ducati.

Spies might be really happy with Ducati's engine power as it could favor his original style. As much as I like the M1, the high corner speed it encourages doesn't seem to be Ben's way. (more factors of why he's leaving Yamaha)

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 13:35

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