Spies plans to leave Yamaha Factory Team at end of 2012 season

Motorsport.com Staff

Ben Spies has had a rough season thus far in MotoGP, and the American rider has decided that a change of pace is what he needs for the 2013 season. He came out of the gate flying in his debut with the Yamaha Factory Team with his first win at Assen.

At this time, the team is arriving on his home turf for the first of the USA grand prix events. Spies said on his Twitter page, @BenSpies11 saying: "I'm extremely happy to push for the rest of the season to my fans and myself next year starts a new chapter. And yes I'm pumped!"

With one MotoGP race win coming last year at the Iveco TT Assen, Spies was quickly on his way to earning ‘alien’ status in the premier class but this year has been in stark contrast. With only five races out of nine in the top ten, the former World Superbike world champion’s best finish this year came with a string of fourth place finishes at Iveco TT Assen once again and then at the Sachsenring for the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland and currently sits in 10th in the championship.

Spies continued to update his legions of fans via his twitter page, “Thanks for all the support. I'll fill u in when I can but I'll always give 100 percent just as my fans know I always will.”

The rumor mill is already in full flow across the world regarding what direction Spies will now pursue and whether he will remain with another team in MotoGP or return to the World Superbike championship with some already linking the American with German manufacturer BMW in the production-based championship. While speculation surrounds Spies’ future, it is sure to kick into overdrive with a factory Yamaha ride now up for grabs.

Current MotoGP riders such as seven times champion Valentino Rossi and his teammate Nicky Hayden have both yet to confirm their futures in the championship and Monster Yamaha Tech riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow will also be in the frame for the ride as current Tech 3 Moto2 star Bradley Smith will graduate to the MotoGP paddock next year with the French based squad.

No doubt further news will be passed on later today, including from the primary Yamaha team. Future updates will be added as they are confirmed.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Ben Spies , Andrea Dovizioso , Cal Crutchlow
Article type Breaking news
Tags motogp, spies, yamaha