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Old 10-26-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Ben Spies Retires from Racing

Looks like Ben has hung up his Helmet. MotoGP destroyed his rhythm.
http://www.benspies.com/2013/10/26/b...s-from-racing/
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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Sad, but good on him. He had a great career, he got hurt, he is smart.

Best of luck to Ben, I sure enjoyed watching him race.

Plus, he won a MotoGp race! A lot of racers never have.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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He's still one of my heroes.

And I respect the decision, if you no longer have that fire, there is no point to continue. It's fair to say he could have used a little more luck in MotoGP sometimes, but as was stated before, he has the AMA titles, WSB title as a rookie, and also GP race victory. Not bad at all.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:45 AM   #4
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He had a nice run for a few years, but sadly it is now over. A gifted racer who really earned his wins, both here in the U.S.A., and in WSBK. I'll miss him.

Motorcycle racing can be a very cruel sport and has claimed another victim, thankfully not through death, but through painful injury.

He should write a book and tell all, which I'm pretty sure he is considering.

Look forward to hearing his commentary during the races in the sport he now leaves behind as a competitor.

Sure glad I got to see him double at the Miller WSBK round. He was unbeatable there, so smooth and precise.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:35 PM   #5
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Bummer to have to retire from injury. Glad I had the chance to see him race in person.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:55 AM   #6
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I am disappointed to see Ben walk away from the sport, but I understand his decision. I have enjoyed watching "Elbows" race over the years. He has won at the ultimate level MotoGP, represented the US well on the world stage, and was a blast to watch race.

I enjoyed talking with him in the AMA days at Road Atlanta, very approachable and a pleasure to meet. My favorite Spies moment was the inaugural Indi GP. Ben getting the crowd fired up was a special moment not to be forgotten.

Thanks Ben for all the great moments!
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