Former World Superbikes champion announces early retirement
Ben Spies has shocked the motorsports world by announcing his retirement from racing following nearly two torrid years with shoulder injuries that has ultimately forced the American rider to take the biggest decision of his life and retire at the age of just 29.
The time has come to stop and I do so with great sadness.
When making the announcement Ducati said that a joint decision was made to release Spies from any further contractual duties. “The resulting operations on both shoulders have left Spies feeling that his physical ability to ride next year remains in question and a decision was jointly made by Ducati and Ben to release Ben from any requirement to race in 2014,’ the statement reads.
Making the announcement Spies said, “I had such high hopes for racing for Ducati and 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. I want to thank everyone from racing organizations, factories, teams and all my fans for helping me and supporting me throughout my career. 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’ mom Mary is also hi long-time manager and she made a short statement thanking all the people who have supported her son throughout the years. She said, “Wherever Ben has raced over the years - from AMA Superbike to World Superbike to MotoGP™ - he has always felt the warmth and appreciation of the organizers, circuits, teams and fans. We are so grateful to them for their support.”