It's official: Spies to Ducati

Ben Spies' Yamaha spectacularly blows up at Laguna Seca last year. Spies has had a streak of bad luck that's run for years. Photo: MotoGP
You can bet Ben Spies will be happy to put this season and its disasters – like this blown-up engine – behind him.

It’s been rumoured for a while, but now it’s official: Ben Spies is riding a Ducati next year.

Spies, who’s had rotten luck aboard a factory Yamaha this season, will ride for the Pramac Racing satellite team in 2013; the team has also signed Italian rider Andrea Iannone (currently sitting third in Moto2’s standings, according to They’ll ride with official Ducati-supplied equipment, according to Ducati’s press release.

Of course, Andrea Dovizioso also signed with Ducati this summer, replacing Valentino Rossi as Nicky Hayden’s teammate. Next season could really be a great one for Ducati – as long as they work out the issues with the Desmosedici MotoGP project.



  1. Well, that’s going to be a team of contrasts. Cool. calm, and collected Ben Spies paired with “Crazy Joe” Iannone. it’ll be great!

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