Ben Spies rues more cruel misfortune in Indianapolis

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Ben Spies was left counting the cost of more cruel bad luck in Indianapolis on Sunday after the Texan was denied a home podium by a major engine failure.

Spies was running in a relatively comfortable second place behind Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa when his YZR-M1 engine spectacularly blew up on the home straight as he prepared finish lap seven.

The engine meltdown was the second major technical issue to deny Spies a top result on home soil in less than a month.

The 2009 World Superbike was lying in fourth place during the recent Laguna Seca race in California when a broken swingarm saw him crash out.

The latest bout of bad luck continued a shocking run for Spies in 2012, who suffered a cracked seat unit in the opening race in Qatar and a badly chunked Bridgestone rear tyre that denied him a rostrum in Assen.

Spies told MCN: “I’ve been racing professionally since I was 16 and never had anything like this. After ten minuets I wasn’t frustrated, I was just in disbelief that that much bad luck could happen. I got back to the pits and lost my cool for a little bit but after ten minutes I was calmed down and it got to the stage where it was humorous. When I look back in ten years and what I’ve done then I know what I’m still capable of achieving if I can get to the finish line without problems. I’m showing up every week with a clear head giving it 100% but it is not working out.”

For more on Spies as tension between himself and Yamaha intensify, see the August 22 issue of Motor Cycle News.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt