MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
2013 MotoGP season review (Part 2)
Unlike football, tennis and many other sports, there are always many more losers than winners in bike racing. So, out of the many defeated riders and factories in MotoGP, who were the biggest losers of 2013?
Apart from the lowly souls who finished last every weekend, or Indonesian Moto2 rider Rafid Topan Sucipto who crashed 26 times without scoring a single world championship point, those who came out of the year the worst were Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Ducati.
To read Mat Oxley‘s 2013 MotoGP season review (Part 1) click here.
Spies’ career was brought to a crashing halt by a bizarre catalogue of disasters that began in 2012 and continued into 2013. The former World Superbike champ was unable to shake off the voodoo that had first latched onto him at the start of his final season with Yamaha and was finally forced into retirement by his wrecked left shoulder.
During 2011, when Spies won at Assen (above), it seemed like he had many years ahead of him, possibly as a world championship challenger. Shows how quickly things can change and how luck can play a huge part in a bike racer’s career.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.