In an email published on the SuperbikePlanet website, Ben Spies says that he has decided for “a litany of reasons” to leave the Yamaha MotoGP team at the end of this season. He said he will provide more information at the time of the official announcement.
Spies has had a horrendous year on the factory Yamaha team. While teammate Jorge Lorenzo leads the championship, Spies has left a trail of DNFs and sub-par performances, frequently bested by Yamaha satellite riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. No one is quite sure what has happened to Spies this year, but he has definitely fallen off from the standard he set as WSB champ, MotoGP rookie of the year and MotoGP race winner.