Spies announces retirement from racing
26 October 2013 – Ben Spies has announced his retirement from motorcycle racing, with the American, 29, having struggled to return to full fitness following a series of injury problems.
Spies, who was on a two-year contract with Ducati's factory-supported Ignite Pramac Racing Team, has been sidelined for the majority of this season due to an injury to his right shoulder, sustained while riding for Yamaha at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Although he began the current campaign with Pramac, it quickly became clear that he required further rehabilitation. While attempting to make a return at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, he suffered a further setback with a season-ending crash during practice.
With his physical condition in question for 2014, Spies has called time on his career.
"I had such high hopes for racing for Ducati. 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," explained Spies.
"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 has a sole World Superbike title and three AMA Superbike crowns to his name. He is also a MotoGP race winner, having triumphed at the Dutch TT two seasons ago.